Feeds

OMTP opens up to new members

But some members are more equal than others?

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Updated The Open Mobile Terminal Platform chose the day before Christmas Eve to announce five new members from the mobile industry, despite the fact that previously one had to be a network operator to hold "member" status.

The new members are all involved in mobile development: Purple Labs, Nexperience, Huawei, Comverse and Communology all have excellent mobile credentials. But until now the OMTP has only counted network operators as "members", while everyone else is relegated to the status of "adviser": excepting Nokia and Sony Ericsson who hold the vaulted status of "sponsors".

The organisation was originally set up with the aim of consolidating the device specifications that every operator provides to manufacturers - these are huge documents that are almost identical, but phrased differently and with subtly different focus depending on the operator. In that context it makes sense that membership is only open to network operators, and the broadening of membership could indicate a change of direction.

But it could equally well be a typo in the release - the five companies could just be paying to become advisers to the group, rather than "members", though the text seems pretty unequivocal:

OMTP today announced that five leading organisations... have become members of the mobile operator led terminal recommendations organisation.

We tried to contact the OMTP's PR agency, the Chief Marketing Officer and the chair, but no one is answering their phone right now despite the fact that the release was sent out last night, which could draw theories of conspiracy. But we'll reserve judgement until some clarification is forthcoming, and will let you know once we hear from the group.®

Update: Tim Raby, Chair of the OMTP, has been on the phone to put our minds at rest - the new members are "advisers", so won't be allowed into the operators-only club.

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters
Hundreds of emails flood inboxes thanks to gaffe
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits
Company wants ability to buy more spectrum space in auction
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app
Jibber-jabbering addicts turfed out just as Zuck warned
Google looks to LTE and Wi-Fi to help it lube YouTube tubes
Bandwidth hogger needs tube embiggenment if it's to succeed
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.