A report from Total Telecoms has welcomed the introduction
of Mozilla’s new Firefox mobile operating system, saying that it will help the
mobile market to break the stranglehold that just a few companies have on the
Mozilla unveiled its new OS on Sunday at this year’s Mobile World Congress being held
in Barcelona this week.
The open source software company said at the time that it
has support from 18 global mobile operators, including Telefonica and Deutche
The Firefox OS is designed to run on lower spec devices than
other, existing smartphone platforms and as such, it is thought that this will
enable smartphones to be more affordable around the world.
It’s thought that mobile operators will also have a "greater
opportunity to participate in the value chain and could break the stranglehold
Apple and Google have on the market at present.”
"It's being unnaturally controlled by a few parties," said Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs on the eve of the Congress opening. He went on to say that the mobile market is
evolving in a similar way to that of the internet about a decade ago.
An HTML5 device will "enable everyone around the world to
participate in mobile," he continued." The Web itself is the ultimate leveller
of the playing field."
Kovacs maintained that Firefox will make it easier for users
to gain access to a wider variety of content and apps, saying that the current
domination of iOS and Android was a broken model which needs to change.
"[We're] removing the gatekeeper," added Jay Sullivan,
senior vice president of products at Mozilla.
He went on to explain that Firefox will allow developers to
get their work "directly to consumers” and that there will be a Firefox app
store, Marketplace, which will not be the only one. Some of these will be from
mobile operators themselves, he said.
"It's going to provide a lot of flexibility for the
operators," said Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm, which is the sole provider of
silicon for Firefox phones. "This is going to provide a very, very large
The first Firefox powered phones to hit the market will be
from ZTE and Alcatel with Huawei and LG also thought to have committed to
launching phones that use the new OS.
It’s thought that the initial devices will be launched in
Poland by Deutche Telekom and Latin America by American Movil. More handsets
are expected to follow quickly into central Europe and other countries.