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Mobile groups seek more cash from web

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Mobile groups seek more cash from web

By Andrew Parker in Barcelona
Published: February 15 2011 16:29 | Last updated: February 15 2011 16:29
Some of the world’s largest mobile phone operators have launched a fresh offensive against Apple and Google, in a sign of how telecoms companies are trying to secure more revenue from the fast-growing popularity of the wireless internet.

Franco Bernabe, chairman of the GSMA, the mobile operators’ representative body, claimed Apple’s highly successful business model for the iPhone would ultimately fail.

Cesar Alierta, chairman of Telefonica, said internet content providers such as Google that are unleashing large volumes of data traffic on operators’ networks should pay the telecoms companies for delivery of their material to end users.

The mobile operators are using the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to raise the profile of their belated initiative to secure revenue from the proliferation of smartphone applications such as games.

The GSMA-sponsored Wholesale Applications Community is in the early stages of providing software developers with tools for making applications that are meant to be sold in operators’ online stores. The operators are planning to secure some of the revenue generated from any application sales.

Developers who make applications for the iPhone secure 70 per cent of the revenue generated from sales of their products in Apple’s online store, with the remainder going to the US technology company. No revenue is shared with the operators.

Mr Bernabe compared Apple’s business model for the iPhone to the operators’ failed attempts in the previous decade to create a “walled-garden” mobile internet, where handset users could not browse the worldwide web and were often directed to operators’ products and services.

Apple’s business model is credited with making the iPhone user-friendly, but it has caused some controversy, partly because the company retains full control over the smartphone’s operating system, and developers must obtain approval for their applications.

Mr Bernabe, chief executive of Telecom Italia, told the Financial Times: “Apple has invented a very clever system and perhaps it’s the first real example of a very successful walled garden … probably Apple’s walled garden will last a much longer time than the ones we have seen in the past but I think there is no recipe for eternal success.”

Vittorio Colao, chief executive of Vodafone, also expressed some misgivings about Apple’s iPhone business model by saying he wanted to avoid “closed systems”.

Mr Alierta highlighted how fixed-line and mobile operators were spending billions of euros on new networks to cope with consumers’ fast-growing appetite to watch video over the internet.

He said content providers unleashing large amounts of data traffic, such as Google’s YouTube video-sharing service, should pay for high-quality delivery of their material to end users.

Apple and Google declined to comment.

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Nokia ‘made wrong choice’, says Schmidt

By Andrew Parker, Paul Taylor and Mary Watkins in Barcelona
Published: February 15 2011 20:10 | Last updated: February 15 2011 20:10
Google has insisted Nokia made the wrong choice by rejecting the US technology company’s Android smartphone operating system in favour of one by its chief rival.

Eric Schmidt, Google’s outgoing chief executive, said on Tuesday the company had extensive discussions with Nokia about the case for it using Android.

Nokia’s investors have reacted badly to its decision, announced last Friday, to use Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system in a bid to end the Finnish company’s problems in the smartphone market.

Investors are partly concerned about the risk that Nokia could suffer further significant smartphone market share loss as it moves over the next two years to use Windows Phone.

Mr Schmidt said of Nokia’s decision at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: “We would have loved that they had chosen Android. They chose the other guys, that other competitor, Microsoft. I think we are pretty straightforward.

“We would like them to adopt Android at some point in the future and that offer remains open. We think Android was a good choice for Nokia. We are sorry they made a different choice.”

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Stephen Elop, Nokia’s chief executive, said last week that its use of Windows Phone would ensure there was a mass-market alternative to the operating systems by Apple and Google.

Mr Schmidt, asked whether Windows Phone would become a major player in the smartphone market, said: “They will have to deliver.”

Mr Elop said last week Nokia decided not to use Android partly because of the risk that its products would undergo commoditisation.

Competition between handset makers using Android is intensifying, and some analysts are concerned that they will struggle to differentiate their products.

Andy Rubin, Google’s head of Android development, rejected suggestions that its operating system was unleashing commoditisation in the handset market.

He insisted handset makers using Android were able to differentiate their products, and highlighted Sony Ericsson’s new gaming phone, called the Xperia Play.

Android has become the most popular smartphone operating system. Sales of Android-based handsets overtook Nokia’s smartphones running on its much-criticised Symbian operating system in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to Canalys, the research firm.

Nokia is only likely to make large volumes of smartphones based on Windows Phone in 2012, while Android, released in late 2008, is enjoying hyper growth.

Mr Schmidt said 300,000 Android-based handsets were getting connected to mobile phone networks every day.

He added there were 170 Android handsets by 27 manufacturers in the market, spread across 69 countries.