Orange Support Developers by Becoming Symbian Signed Self-Certifier

10/8/2004 - Symbian and Orange announced that Orange has further committed to the Symbian Signed program by becoming a self-certifier. Symbian Signed is an industry-wide initiative led by Symbian that meets the market need for a flexible generic certification program for Symbian OS mobile applications. The program uses a range of test criteria defined in co-operation with key industry stakeholders to set a standard for application development on Symbian OS and is gaining widespread market adoption amongst phone makers, mobile operators, developers and application portals.

Self Certification is one of the signing options offered by the Symbian Signed program and is designed for organisations that wish to certify large volumes of Symbian OS mobile applications. A self-certifier certifies applications with the tests defined in Symbian Signed using their own Quality Assurance processes, without the need to engage an external test house. Self Certification provides network operators with a ready-to-use foundation program that takes full advantage of the market-leading Symbian Signed infrastructure and processes, including developer authentication and integration into the operator’s own processes.

Steve Glagow, Director of Orange Partner, said: “Orange is committed to promoting best practice in mobile application development. By becoming a self certifier for Symbian Signed, we can offer our developers the easiest and lowest cost opportunities to develop for Symbian OS, the most popular operating system for smartphones.”

Simon Garth, Symbian, said: “We are delighted that Orange has adopted the Symbian Signed self-certification program. The program enables companies, like Orange, with large volumes of mobile applications to take full advantage of Symbian Signed by reducing both time and cost of bringing powerful Symbian OS mobile applications to market.”

About Symbian Expo
Symbian Expo - the smartphone show, Symbian’s sixth annual Expo is the only event dedicated entirely to the global smartphone industry. It covers every aspect of the smartphone market, from building mobile phones themselves to developing and deploying applications to mobile phone users and takes place at the ExCel Centre in London, UK, on 5th and 6th October 2004.

About Symbian Signed
Symbian Signed, the industry-endorsed application signing program that promotes best practise in Symbian OS content and application development. The program tests applications against industry-agreed criteria in support of network operator and mobile manufacturer requirements. Symbian Signed is designed to satisfy mobile developers’ needs and ensures a thriving, open market for trusted mobile applications by providing a single, low-cost and unified certification program. The program also delivers developer authentication and anti-tamper security for Symbian OS applications. More than 300 Symbian native C++ and Visual Basic application and their associated content have reached Symbian Signed status.

About Symbian Ltd
Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones. Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world’s leading handset manufacturers. The following Symbian OS licensees have Symbian OS-based mobile phones in production and development: Arima, BenQ, Fujitsu for NTT DoCoMo FOMA, LG, Lenovo, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Sendo, Siemens, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. In 2003, over 6.67 million Symbian OS-based mobile phones were sold worldwide and more than 15 million have been sold to date.

Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia (Bangalore, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo).

About Orange
Orange and wirefree and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange PCS. The Orange group is one of the world’s largest mobile communications companies and a subsidiary of the France Telecom group, with operations in 19 countries across Europe and beyond. It provides a broad range of personal communications services, including Orange GSM1800 services and other digital cellular telephone services.

The Orange brand operates in the UK, France, Switzerland, Romania, Denmark, Slovakia, Thailand, the Ivory Coast, the Dominican Republic, Cameroon, the Netherlands, Botswana, and Madagascar. The Orange group also has controlled operations in Belgium (Mobistar). The Orange group has a joint controlling interest in Egypt (MobiNil) and minority interests in Portugal (Optimus), Austria (One), and Mumbai/India (BPL Mobile). As at the end of June 2004, Orange was the largest mobile operator in both the UK with 13.8 million active customers, and France with 20.4 million registered customers. As at the end of June 2004, Orange controlled companies had over 50 million customers worldwide. Orange, along with TIM, Telefonica and T-Mobile, is a founding member of the FreeMove alliance.

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