CDG Press Releases
Open CDMA handset initiative on track for commercial launch this year
COSTA MESA, CALIF. — June 24, 2008 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced the successful conclusion of Open Market Handset (OMH) proof of concept trials in cooperation with Bakrie Telecom and Mobile-8 Telecom in Indonesia. The OMH program is part of the CDG’s overall Global Handset Requirements for CDMA (GHRC) initiative, which specifies a common set of requirements based on standards to procure CDMA2000® devices in an open-device and open-application environment. Open Market Handsets enable both operator-specific configuration information and subscriber-specific provisioning information to be moved from the CDMA handset’s onboard memory into a next-generation Removable User Identity Module (R-UIM), or smartcard. By doing so, the handset becomes a generic device that can be sold on the “open market” and used in multiple operator networks.
“Indonesia is benefiting from 3G services available on very low-end CDMA2000 handsets,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “The OMH initiative will further reduce handset costs by providing greater flexibility in delivering new open market devices and services that are independent of the network and the device. Commercial availability of these generic devices this year will further stimulate the tremendous growth of CDMA in Indonesia and its supply chain advantages will be duplicated in other emerging markets around the world.”
The three-day proof of concept trials used OMH-enabled R-UIM smartcards provided by Eastcompeace, Gemalto and Oberthur Card Systems on prototype handsets developed by Huawei and ZTE. The Open Market Handsets were provisioned for full-fledged 3G data capabilities across operators. Tested, proven features included SMS, MMS, BREW, WAP/browser, backward compatibility, voice (with authentication), CDMA2000 1X packet data (SIP with CHAP and PAP) and R-UIM-based carrier customization.
The successful Indonesian OMH trials are a milestone for CDMA operators looking to increase their selection of devices and services while lowering distribution and inventory costs. By using an OMH-capable R-UIM to provision all data services, multiple operators can support the same generic hardware and software design across handsets. OEMs benefit from lower development costs, greater economies of scale, enriched brand development and the ability to sell devices across many markets and regions. Consumers benefit by being able to transfer their identity and service configuration data to a new phone on the same network by simply moving the OMH-compliant R-UIM card from the old phone to the new phone.
All CDMA carriers, device and R-UIM card manufacturers are welcome to contact BV Raman, firstname.lastname@example.org, to attend the next Open Market Handset special interest group (OMH SIG) meeting in Jakarta on July 15. The SIG is open to all CDG members. For more information on the OMH initiative, please visit www.cdg.org/cdg/teams/omh.asp.
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