New mobile communication standards alliance forms
Scott Wilson, CETIS staff
July 02, 2002

The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) formed on the 12th of June, bringing together operators, networks and content providers with the aim of achieving open standards and interoperability. The Alliance brings together a number of existing mobile communications consortia under one organisation.

The move may have some impact on the education sector, given the interest shown recently in "m-Learning" (mobile learning), where learners use handheld communication devices to take part in learning activities. At the IMS Open Technical Forum in Boston earlier this year, Italian company Giunti gave a presentation on a major new European m-Learning project making use of e-learning specifications.

The OMA membership includes a number of names familiar to UK mobile phone users, such as T-Mobile, Nokia, Motorola as well as companies in the IT sector such as Oracle and Sun Microsystems.

For more information on the OMA, you can visit their website.

[thanks to Mark Oehlert for noticing this one]