Alcatel today announced that the Australian mobile operator m.Net has had a preview of the ease with which it can bring new mobile services and applications to market with Alcatel's Developers Program. Alcatel's Developers Program is being tested by Gallery 4, m.Net's applications development division with the mission to develop innovative services for deployment on its 3G network. Alcatel's Program gives developers access to the latest tools and technologies, facilitating an environment of rapid application development. The tools run on Alcatel's Nextenso platform.
Alcatel's development platform supports SMS, WAP, MMS, GPRS and 3G applications. The program provides access to APIs such as centralised database, caching and content studio to further enhance the development possibilities. Combined with m.Net's 3G and wireless network access, applications can be validated and demonstrated over a variety of mobile networks and on any type or brand of mobile handset.
Six companies had hands-on experience with Nextenso's development platform during a week-long training session facilitated by m.Net Corporation. These companies included South Australian developers LisaSoft, Kukan Studio, Lync Software, Chimo, Recall Design and i2Net.
Ross Fowler, CEO of Alcatel Australia, said, "In order for 3G to become a commercial reality, we need data applications to drive demand and give users a reason to upgrade, and to provide service providers with greater traffic and therefore extra revenue streams. Together with m.Net, whose objective is to be a catalyst and facilitator for the commercialisation of new technologies involving the wireless Internet, we are a step closer to making this happen."
LISASoft's managing director, Derek Munneke, said Gallery 4 would give his company extended reach. LISASoft's TerraPages provides a portal to location-based services. It currently offers optimised route navigation. The service platform lets users customise content to their location and needs. "Gallery 4 lets us expand our market opportunities by developing our product set over mobile and wireless devices," Mr Munneke said. "It gives us an easy way to get into the WAP space. People may be questioning WAP now but over 3G, WAP will be very successful. What's more, we can save development time because Alcatel gives us the tools to handle a lot of the tedious design work."
Kukan Studio director Che Metcalfe said the services provided by Gallery 4 made the organisation an ideal partner for wireless development. Kukan has developed miniNav, a map-based directory making it possible for users to easily locate services, businesses and tourist information. Mr Metcalfe said, "Our alignment with Gallery 4 gives us a competitive advantage and, through collaboration, the ability to quickly access a much broader market. Alcatel's platform streamlines the production process because we only need to cut one set of code for multiple mobile devices. It lets us develop applications for 2.5G and cut over to 3G as it becomes commercially available. The alliance with Gallery 4 and the members of the m.Net Consortium gives us reach into various 3G markets around the world we would never have access to on our own."