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Six operators will launch mobile phones based on the LiMo operating system this year, announced the LiMo Foundation, an industry group promoting Linux software for mobile services. The operators planning LiMo devices include NTT Docomo, Orange, SK Telecom, Telefonica, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. Further active operator participants in the LiMo Foundation include KTF, SFR, Softbank Mobile, Swisscom and Telecom Italia. To date 33 commercial handset models have been certified as LiMo Compliant, of which 10 will be on display at the Mobile World Congress by NEC and Panasonic. LG and Samsung will also show new prototype models at MWC in Barcelona.
The LiMo Foundation also announced that all technologies specified for the R2 release of the LiMo Platform have been contributed on time, and LiMo members are currently introducing reference implementations for devices. The LiMo Reference Implementations will include code specified within both LiMo Platform R1 and LiMo Platform R2. This code includes source code contributions from members as well as components originating from open source communities. LiMo Reference Implementation contributors include Access, Azingo, LG Electronics, Purple Labs and Samsung Electronics. The latest technologies in the LiMo Platform include support for features such as advanced multimedia, location-based services, device management and enhanced security. The LiMo Foundation also announced its endorsement of the OMTP Bondi specification, which future LiMo handsets using a web runtime will support for widgets.
Melita Mobile has teamed up with Telecom Italia to offer full worldwide mobile roaming services to all its customers from 1 February. Through the agreement Melita Mobile will gain access to almost 600 third party mobile operators across the globe in more than 200 countries.
Dow Jones reports that the Brazilian market authority Commissao de Valores Mobiliarios has asked Telecom Italia’s (TI’s) controlling shareholder Telco to launch a bid on the minorities of its Brazilian unit TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil). Telco, a holding company which includes Italian banks Intesa Sanpaolo and Mediobanca, insurance group Generali and the Benetton family, together with Spanish phone giant Telefonica, holds 24.5% of Italy’s largest telecoms operator. TI indirectly controls about 69.8% of TIM Participacoes’ share capital. TIM Participacoes has a market capitalisation of USD3.9 billion.