March 30, 2009 00:01 ET

OMTP Announces New Participant Members-BONDI Continues to Build Momentum

LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES and LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 30, 2009) - The OMTP today announced that its BONDI initiative continues to gain momentum with the addition of Azingo and Ikivo as participant members and the continued development of BONDI compliant widgets and web sites. BONDI is the catalyst that is driving consistency and security in the implementation of key mobile interfaces for web applications. Now widely supported, it will greatly help developers to build even better web applications which work on mobile devices from different manufacturers and with different operating systems.

OMTP will introduce its BONDI initiative to the US wireless industry at CTIA 2009. Driven at ambitious pace, the BONDI initiative is fast gaining momentum and proves that consistency of interfaces and security can really drive the industry in the continued standardisation of web services through bodies such as W3C. BONDI really does offer a safe, mobile surfing experience (

Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility said: "With the BONDI initiative, which AT&T supports, our industry can better ensure that Web applications can access native functionality on mobile handsets consistently across platforms -- and securely, with appropriate protections from malware."

"We are pleased to join OMTP and plan to contribute Azingo's open mobile platform and technology expertise to the BONDI initiative," said Mahesh Veerina, President and CEO of Azingo. "BONDI specifications will enable developers to create secure web applications across a range of platforms and devices, which will create a truly open eco system for developers."

"Ikivo strongly believe in the importance of securing interoperable widget capabilities, like device APIs. We look forward to contributing to the great work already conducted in BONDI." said Bradley Sipes, CTO of Ikivo.

Tim Raby, CEO of OMTP said, "OMTP is delighted with the increasing support from the industry. OMTP will use events during CTIA to encourage greater participation in BONDI from the mobile industry and the wider web development community."

BONDI enables web applications to access native functionality on mobile handsets consistently across different platforms. It also delivers an appropriate security layer to protect the user from malware. The BONDI open source Reference Implementation allows anyone to contribute to the evolution of BONDI and provides application developers a platform to evaluate and develop against before commercial implementations of BONDI appear in devices later this year.

About OMTP

OMTP is a forum funded by companies from across the mobile phone value chain, set up with the aim of gathering and driving mobile terminal requirements to ensure consistent and secure implementations, thereby reducing fragmentation and simplifying the customer experience of mobile data services across mobile terminals. OMTP is backed by many of the largest mobile operators and has members from major hardware and software vendors. For more information, visit

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