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Operators Collaborate On Single API for Secure Mobile Applications

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A group of mobile operators today unveiled a new initiative to create a blueprint and roadmap for opening up mobile functionality to encourage the development of mobile applications without compromising customer security. The new initiative will be known as BONDI. Supported by the OMTP members including 3 Group, AT&T, T Mobile, Telenor, Telefonica, Telecom Italia and Vodafone, BONDI will provide a consistent and secure web services interface that can be used by all web developers across multiple device platforms.

BONDI will harmonise the various open and proprietary ongoing initiatives and this cooperative work will minimise the potential for technology fragmentation. BONDI will expose key handset features to web developers to help them develop more function-rich, user friendly and relevant applications. The new handset software will be engineered in such a way as to prevent fraudulent and malicious activity through unauthorised access to functions or sensitive personal information.

Arnd Gallmann, Senior Vice President Terminal Technology at T-Mobile International added: "Keeping a lid on fragmentation, whilst at the same time enabling new functionality, will encourage more developers to create unique, exciting applications for mobile web 2.0. In turn, this will improve the mobile broadband proposition and greatly enhance the customer experience."

Commenting on the latest initiative, Reinhard Kreft, Vodafone's Head of Standardisation and Industry Engagements, said, "With so many diverse mobile devices and operating systems available in today's marketplace, it can be quite challenging to roll out consistent and compelling new services across such a broad spread. BONDI addresses the need to deliver great services across multiple platforms, whilst ensuring that customers are protected from any risk associated with adopting a more open approach to these systems."

"A really simple way for developers to create rich mobile services & applications, combined with the required security and trust by the parties in the provisioning of them, could really boost the mobile web 2.0", concluded Stein Hansen, Vice President Group Strategy at Telenor. "BONDI is an important step in that direction."

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