Wataniya's application development centre nears launch

Wataniya Telecom is hoping to boost availability of locally-relevant mobile services when its application development centre goes online at the end of August.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  July 21, 2004

Wataniya Telecom is hoping to boost availability of locally-relevant mobile services when its application development centre goes online at the end of August. The Kuwaiti mobile operator intends to use the facility to ease creation of services for wireless environments by local media companies and enterprises. Its Value Added Service Alliance partners and other foreign developers will also have the use of the centre by connecting to it remotely and uploading development tools. “We’ll be opening the centre at the end of August,” says Andrei Torriani, chief product development and technology officer, Wataniya. “Media companies and application developers will be able to go to a physical place and use software development kits to introduce their services into a wireless environment. It will also be accessible throughout the world via a secure internet connection,” he adds. The centre will have offline networks where developers can certify their applications before rolling them out commercially. Through it, the mobile operator hopes to speed up the application development process for its GPRS and MMS portfolio and create entrepreneurial opportunities for local software players. According to Torriani, it has also partnered with unnamed vendors in the IT and mobile industry who will participate in the initiative.

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