Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally. Over 1,000 networks in 140 countries utilize our network equipment and 40 percent of all mobile calls are made through our systems. We are one of the few companies worldwide that can offer end-to-end solutions for all major mobile communication standards.
Through our Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications joint venture we offer a range of mobile devices, including those supporting multimedia applications and other services allowing richer communication.
Visit Ericsson at www.ericsson.mobi
Claes Odman, Vice President Multimedia Solutions, Ericsson "A mobile top-level domain will bridge the gap between the internet and the mobile users, making content more mobile user friendly. The .mobi domain will simplify the Internet experience using mobile devices. By working across industries, dotmobi will cater for a continuous growth in mobile data and help bringing enriched services to mobile users."
Dipchand Nishar, Director of Product Management, Google "Google is pleased to support mTLD in setting the standards that will define the future of mobile content, and most importantly, improve the experience of our users. Creating one mobile domain encourages content that is designed and optimized specifically to help users navigate the unique environment of the mobile world."
The GSM Association (GSMA) is the operator-led trade association representing the global mobile industry. Encompassing technical, commercial and public policy initiatives, the GSMA focuses on ensuring wireless services work globally, thereby enhancing the value of mobile services to individual customers and national economies while creating new business opportunities for operators and their suppliers.
The Association embraced more than 680 operator members serving 1.5 billion customers across more than 210 countries and territories. More than 150 manufacturers and suppliers support the Association’s initiatives as key partners. The GSM community accounts for 75% of the digital mobile phone market worldwide.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
Brian Arbogast, Corporate Vice President, MSN Communications Platform, MSN and Personal Services Division, says “Ultimately, dotmobi will enable users to find predictable content and services from the businesses that provide them. This will have a major and significant impact on both the mobile and internet industries."
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.
Mikko Terho, Vice President, Nokia Technology Platforms, says "Establishing dotmobi is an important milestone. Forming the joint venture company has helped to formalise the work that has been put into the initiative, and we look forward to seeing dotmobi domains benefit all mobile users."
Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL) is a leading international conglomerate committed to innovation and technology, with businesses spanning the globe and more than 200,000 employees in 51 countries. Its diverse array of holdings range from one of the world's largest Retailers, to Ports and related services, Property and Hotels, Energy & Infrastructure, and Telecommunications operators. Its Telecommunications businesses include market leading 3G operations in Austria, Australia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Ireland, Sweden and the UK, trading under the "3" brand. As at 10 October 2005 HWL had over 10 million 3G customers using 3's market leading mobile multimedia services.
Christian Salbaing says: "Hutchison believes that the development of .mobi represents an important stepping stone to tailoring mobile friendly internet content and services to customers needs. We believe that .mobi will play an important part in improving the customer experience and drive mobile data and content use."
Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. (Orascom Telecom or OTH) was established in 1998 and has grown to become a major player in the global telecommunication market. OTH is considered among the largest and most diversified network operators in the Middle East, Africa, and South East Asia. It is a leading mobile telecommunications company operating in seven emerging markets in the previously mentioned regions having a population under license of 460 million with an average penetration of mobile telephony rate across all markets of 11.5%. OTH operates GSM networks in Algeria (Djezzy), Pakistan (Mobilink), Egypt (mobinil), Tunisia (Tunisiana), Iraq (IraQna), Bangladesh (Banglalink), and Zimbabwe (Telecel Zimbabwe). OTH’s number of subscribers reached over 25 million subscribers as of September, 2005.
Samsung believes that mTLD will enhance the mobile users' internet experience by providing a mobile friendly domain .mobi. We fully support and want to deliver beneficial products/service to the consumers in the mobile industry. By being a part of mTLD, Samsung believes that these goals can be achieved.
Syniverse is a leading provider of mission-critical technology services to wireless telecommunications companies worldwide. Syniverse solutions simplify technology complexities by integrating disparate carriers’ systems and networks in order to provide seamless global voice and data communications to wireless subscribers. Carriers depend on Syniverse’s integrated suite of services to solve their most complex technology challenges and to facilitate the rapid deployment of next generation wireless services. Syniverse provides services to over 330 telecommunications carriers in approximately 44 countries, including the ten largest U.S. wireless carriers and six of the ten largest international wireless carriers. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., U.S.A., Syniverse has offices in major cities throughout North America, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom and a global sales force in the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Italy, China, Hong Kong, Brazil, Slovakia and India. For more information, visit www.syniverse.com.
Ed Evans, Chairman of the Board, Syniverse Technologies, says "As part of the joint venture mTLD Top Level Domain, Ltd., Syniverse is committed to driving development in the mobile data industry. We look forward to working closing with mobile operators and other business partners in the industry to make mobile content ubiquitous and easy to use on a global basis."
Telefónica Móviles España (www.empresa.movistar.es), the operator of Telefónica Móviles Group in the Spanish market, has 19.8 million customers – at end of September 2005- and a full range of services and applications portfolio that uses the latest mobile technologies, including UMTS. Telefónica Móviles is one of the world’s premier mobile carriers and the leader in the Spanish and Portugues-speaking markets, with operations in 15 countries and more than 89 million customers worldwide(at the end of September 2005). Telefónica Móviles shares are quoted on the Spanish markets and New York Stock exchange, under the ticker symbol TEM. Movistar is the commercial brand for all the companies of the Telefónica Móviles Group around the world, except in Morocco and Brazil.
Luis Jorge Romero, Director of the Coordination Division from Telefonica Moviles España, says: "Telefonica Moviles has joined mTLD to promote the mobile domain dotmobi and the actions that from mTLD will be carried out to support internet community to enter in the mobile world. We strongly bet for .mobi as an efficient way to stimulate the creation and the utilizacion of internet services from the mobile".
Mobile brand TIM is Italy’s leader TIM and it runs Europe’s single largest GSM network in terms of line numbers. Including international interests in Turkey and Brazil, TIM supplies 45.6 million mobile lines (September 2005).
TIM is a technology leader. In 1997 the company was the first to bring to market SMS text messaging. In 2002 TIM was the first company in Italy to launch 3G multimedia messaging (MMS), enabling cell phone users to send and receive images, text and music. TIM scored a world first in 2003 by rolling out Mobile TV, and is currently implementing its 3G network integration plan. In 2004 TIM launched its EDGE high speed data transmission broadband mobile network, and is adopting third generation UMTS mobile technology.
FreeMove, the TIM’s alliance with Orange, T-Mobile and Telefonica Moviles has spawned one of the world’s largest mobile telephony communities, embracing more than 170 million customers in 15 European nations.
Leveraging its extensive expertise, TIM is promoting the take-up of value added services, innovative and advanced wireless data transmission, and internet services over integrated technological platforms (WAP, GPRS and UNI.TIM). Recent TIM products – in addition to MMS messaging – include TIM 4888 PayforMe and CreditTIM; Blackberry offerings for business (over the SIMToolkit platform), and a new crop of GPRS packages for websurfers.
Massimo Castelli TI’s Chief Marketing Officer, Market Development says "There are one billion internet users and almost two billion mobile users. Dotmobi will revolutionize the use of Internet via mobile devices, it will be the first choice destination for mobile internet. It is a great opportunity."
T-Mobile International is one of the world’s leading companies in mobile communications. As one of Deutsche Telekom`s three strategic business units, T-Mobile concentrates on the most dynamic markets in Europe and the United States.
By the end of 2005, over 86 million customers were served in nine T-Mobile markets. And all that over a common technology platform based on GSM, the world’s most successful digital wireless standard. This also makes T-Mobile the only mobile communications provider with a seamless transatlantic service.
T-Mobile also is partner of FreeMove, an alliance formed by four of Europe’s leading mobile companies - Orange, Telefónica Móviles, TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile) and T-Mobile – to help their customers communicate as easily while travelling abroad as they do at home.
For more information about T-Mobile International, please visit www.t-mobile.net.
Ulli Gritzuhn, CMO, T-Mobile International says T-Mobile is pleased to see the mobile Top Level Domain significantly gain support across mobile and media industries and to take an active role in developing and shaping best practices for using the Internet on the move. As we are continuously committed to deliver simple and reliable products to best serve our customers, we encourage the adoption of the .mobi namespace in the mobile environment to leverage a compelling mobile experience. We are going to leverage .mobi within our Web'N'Walk and Office in Your Pocket strategy.
Visa connects cardholders, merchants and financial institutions through the world's largest electronic payments network. Visa products allow buyers and sellers to conduct commerce with ease and confidence in both the physical and virtual worlds. Visa is committed to the sustained growth of electronic payment systems to support the needs of all stakeholders and to drive economic growth.
Visa products currently generate more than $4 trillion in sales volume worldwide. Visa enjoys unsurpassed acceptance around the world. In addition, Visa/Plus is one of the world’s largest global ATM networks, offering cash access in local currency in over 170 countries. For more information, visit www.corporate.visa.com.
Vodafone is the world’s leading mobile telecommunications group with operations in 27 countries across 5 continents, as well as 28 partner networks. As at 30 September 2005, Vodafone had 171 million proportionate customers worldwide. For further information, please visit www.vodafone.com.
Reinhard Kreft is Vodafone’s Global Head of Industry Initiatives and Standardisation, and board member of mTLD Top Level Domain Ltd. Says: "Vodafone has been a keen supporter of the dotmobi initiative from the very beginning. This new sponsored top level domain will greatly increase the use and discoverability of mobile Internet content and dotmobi sites will guarantee a high quality experience when accessing the Internet from mobile devices", said Reinhard Kreft, Vodafone’s executive responsible for the mTLD initiative. “The dotmobi domain will further fuel the growth of the mobile Internet, with more content and service offerings available around the world. This is a great step forward for the mobile Internet and will significantly enhance the consumers’ mobile experience overall."