European operators realize Android is a “Trojan horse”, meeting on October 8 to discuss making a new OS

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Let me let you in on a little secret. While your favorite mobile operating system may be the one with the most applications, or the one with the best integration with the online services you use, or the one that’s the most open source, operators have dollar signs in their eyes and their favorite operating system is the one that yields them the most revenue, which is why Stephane Richard, CEO of France Telecom (Orange) has invited the heads of Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile), Telefonica (O2) and Vodafone to discuss potentially making their own mobile operating system. The view, from the operators, is that operating systems like Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are a “Trojan horse” that steals the relationship with the customer from them and gives it to outside software vendors and service providers.

The meeting scheduled to take place on October 8th will be an important one in history since those 4 operators together sever roughly 1 billion customers in Europe. Some possible outcomes including imitating China Mobile, who made the oPhone operating system based on Google Android, but with all the Google stripped out of the OS and replaced by their own services. Another possibility is that Symbian gets some new legs and becomes the default operating system for operators. Yet another is the creation of a middleware layer that users will interact with instead of the stock operating system.

All of this was expected to happen. Operators, instead of testing new business models and finding different sources of income, are trying to nickel and dime you the way they have been since the mobile telecommunications industry was birthed. We’ve seen each of these operators try something on their own, to make their devices and services more popular than what the market has to offer, but all of those attempts have resulted in failure. Now that these guys are working together … these are scary times to be in.

[Via: Le Figaro]

  • vasra

    It took the operators this long to notice this?

    No wonder they are doing so badly :)

    BTW, “those 4 operators together sever roughly 1 billion customers in Europe”

    1billion in Europe?

    Get real :)

    Maybe 1 billion consumer/corprate subscriber contracts, but there’s still only 800billion people in Europe and in several countries the penetration rate is still below 100%.

  • http://away.gr Georgee

    I think that you should change title post to Include iOS.
    This is not fair for Android user since your title is state clearly that Android is a trojan.

    Thanks
    George

  • kgfaith

    They should go ahead and do it, so that they can carry on and FAIL more. What’s they r facing is evolution. If u want go against evolution, u will soon find urself in the rubbish bin.

  • elder norm

    “The view, from the operators, is that operating systems like Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are a “Trojan horse” that steals the relationship with the customer from them and gives it to outside software vendors and service providers.”

    Pure greed. Its scary to see it in its naked form.

    There are no customers here to be lured, only sheep to be led to slaughter. If only the CEOs can find the right way. :-)

    This is what made the iPhone and Apple stand out. Not all the features, ease of use, etc but the ability to get a contract with a carrier that lets the phone shine on its own and not only as a way for carriers to make money.

    If they don’t like it, maybe we should consider nationalizing them like the power companies. ?????

    Just a thought,
    en

  • KenC

    “The view, from the operators, is that operating systems like Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are a ‘Trojan horse’ that steals the relationship with the customer from them and gives it to outside software vendors and service providers.”

    Duh! Apple’s secret plan to disrupt the mobile carriers has been exposed!

    • macguysea

      Exposed?… yeah… for a better experience than the carriers could EVER do!

  • HD Boy

    Note to Europe:

    Good luck with that plan. Unless you ban Google and Apple phones from your networks, force customers to use your own branded phones and services, and then precisely replicate all the modern “smartphone” functionality AND computer compatibility, this idea is a lost cause.

    The truth is, it is obvious that the world needed someone to turn the cellular industry on its head and produce more sophisticated phones with great software. Clearly, consumers are better off for the changes. Thank you Apple.

    To the telecom industries in Europe — and the U.S.: Get over it. Just get to work producing the best cellular networks possible, before the computer geniuses are forced to step in and fix that too.

    HD Boy
    Sacramento, CA

  • zelrik

    This is gonna be a major failure. They’ll get sued from all sides, Google+Apple on their asses + consumers+phone makers. Good luck with that!

  • macguysea

    Newsflash!… You don’t own the customer!.. You are merely a conduit for access and nothing more. Your companies had your chance and you f*cked it up!

  • http://www.fatbouche.com Chris P

    What are you guys on about – (in comments) They will merely influence the customers to either purchase a non android device through incentives – thus protecting their market. I suspect they will end up going for the cheaper option of pushing the least costly option – ie an existing ‘non threatening’ OS. Google is a majory threat – white space.. and google talk.. it will happen.

    Love the pic in this post Stefan.

  • DasRakel

    My internet provider can’t tell me what software to run. Neither can you, operator.

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