China Mobile and SK Telecom set to combine app stores
Accounting for more than 600 million subscribers across Asia, they claim by pooling their resources, they'll be able to push next-gen networks, device platforms and machine to machine services forward.
The companies said they would work together, using the Wholesale Applications Community framework, in terms of mobile app store service enhancement, web platform development, development tools and developer joint promotion.
SK Telecom's T Store has more than 80,000 applications, and passed the 100 million download mark in December 2010. China Mobiles Mobile Market has 50,000 apps, with more than 110 million downloads by the end of 2010.
In addition to this deal, the companies are sharing R&D resources. This agreement looks to advance both China Mobile and SK Telecom's next-gen radio access network architecture and upgrade their platforms to deliver a better development environment for studios working on apps.
The two companies have come together previously to work on the development of LTE technology, though this latest deal also looks to expand SK Telecom's presence in China Mobile's home market.
The firm had previously held a 3.8 percent stake in China Mobile rival China Unicom, which it sold in September 2009.