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Listwin Urges Industry Love-In

CANNES, FRANCE -- 3GSM Congress -- Openwave Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: OPWV) CEO Don Listwin opened the annual 3GSM Congress today with a keynote address that focused on one of the perennial issues of the industry event: interoperability.

So, low marks for originality.

"We have spent a lot of time and money on these networks. Now we need to make them work together. We now have some recognized standards bodies, and it's essential they focus on interoperability," stated Listwin.

And he appealed for vendors to be more cooperative and steer clear of non-standard products, something that Phone.Com (which merged with Software.Com to create Openwave) was guilty of. "Phone.Com was known for its proprietary technology, but that's not what this industry needs," Listwin said. "There is not enough success in this market for us to have the attitudes that many of us used to have in this industry."

Listwin cited an example of how things ought to be: Openwave's collaboration with Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and TeliaSonera AB (Nasdaq: TLSN) to get multimedia messaging working properly. "That's something that wouldn't have happened in the past."

But, in the time-honored tradition of technology vendors, he also took his chance on stage to plug his company's latest software releases to a captive audience.

— Ray Le Maistre, European Editor, Unstrung
IPobserver 12/5/2012 | 12:37:48 AM
re: Listwin Urges Industry Love-In About a year or so ago Openwave presented some not-so-good financial results and Listwin enthusiastically told the analyst conference call that Openwave had taken the strategic decision "to work harder to align with Nokia, rather than go around them" as theyGÇÖd tried to do in 2001.

ListwinGÇÖs comments came a month or so after Nokia had kick started the OMA. At the time I recall Openwave being a supporter of M-Services -- a set of standards that, in my opinion, Nokia never embraced wholeheartedly.

I guess the point of the OMA is to keep everyone in line and to put a halt to these kinds of skirmishes. Soon after Openwave joined, they announced the start of MMS interop testing with Nokia.

One of the big advantages of the OMA is that different groups can more easily talk to one another. For example, folk in the OMA IM and Presence group (previously Wireless Village) say it is now much easier to work with the OMA Web Services group. I'd guess there are many such examples.
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