In its efforts to further democratize access to the Internet, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has joined the Carrier Advisory Group (CAG) of Ubuntu, a global forum set up to give operators the opportunity to influence the development of smartphones powered by the world’s most widely used free and open source operating system.
The company said it is currently the only Philippine operator that has joined the advisory group in support of Ubuntu-powered smartphones which can further push a wider range of more affordable phones and applications to the market.
Other leading operators that have joined CAG include Vodafone, Three, China Unicom, EE, Deutsche Telekom, Korea Telecom, Verizon and Telstra, among a few others. The members are given an early foot in the door for access to information on Ubuntu’s smartphone roadmap, prototype trials and market rollout.
“Ubuntu’s entry to the mobile phone market is definitely exciting. We see this as an interesting opportunity to help bring mobile innovations quicker to the market, lower access barriers and provide more choices in terms of apps and devices. We’re very keen to work with Ubuntu and the developer community in making this happen as it supports our goal to bring the mobile Internet to every Filipino,” said Orlando Vea, Smart’s chief wireless advisor.