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Canonical Announces Formation of Carrier Advisory Group for Ubuntu Mobile Development

  Canonical Announces Formation of Carrier Advisory Group for Ubuntu Mobile
  Development

  *Canonical announces Carrier Advisory Group (CAG) with founding members:
    Deutsche Telekom, Everything Everywhere, Korea Telecom, Telecom Italia, LG
    UPlus, Portugal Telecom, SK Telecom and the leading Spanish international
    carrier.
  *CAG is a forum for mobile operators to influence the development of Ubuntu
    for smartphones.

Business Wire

LONDON -- June 18, 2013

Canonical today announces the formation of a Carrier Advisory Group (CAG) that
will shape Ubuntu for the mobile industry. Founding members of the CAG are
Deutsche Telekom, Everything Everywhere, Korea Telecom, Telecom Italia, LG
UPlus, Portugal Telecom, SK Telecom and the leading Spanish international
carrier. Only CAG members will have access to early information about Ubuntu
and device manufacturer plans to support the OS, as well as the opportunity to
be a launch partner for Ubuntu on smartphones.

The CAG is independently chaired by David Wood who has 25 years’ experience in
the mobile industry. He is currently Chair at London Futurists and has served
on the board of directors of Symbian and the Open Mobile Alliance. Wood
commented: “The mobile industry remains on the lookout for an independent
platform that enables innovation and differentiation. Ubuntu brings a
time-tested operating system and an attractive user experience, as well as a
community of developers ready to apply enterprise-grade skills in the creation
of applications. The Carrier Advisory Group will have ample opportunity to
influence the Ubuntu roadmap, and take full advantage of the potential in this
emerging platform."

The CAG will hold regular meetings to map out key areas of the Ubuntu mobile
platform and discuss its developments. Topics for discussion will include:

  *Differentiation for OEMs and operators
  *Developer ecosystems and application portability from Android and
    Blackberry
  *HTML5 standards, performance and compatibility
  *Marketplaces for apps, content and services
  *Revenue share models for publishers, operators and OEMs
  *Payment mechanisms and standards
  *Platform fragmentation
  *Consumer and enterprise market segments and positioning

Ubuntu’s extensive developer community has grown significantly since the
launch of Ubuntu on mobile and the OS is already being widely tested by
developers on a variety of existing devices. “Leading ISVs are committing to
support Ubuntu at launch, to take advantage of a highly energised and vocal
base of developers and early adopters and to reach new markets,” said Cristian
Parrino, VP Mobile and Online Services at Canonical.

“The CAG is an important partnership between Canonical and the mobile
industry,” said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical. “While Ubuntu has
gained tremendous traction in both cloud and PC environments, we recognise the
complex dynamics of the mobile market and so the CAG allows us to draw on the
insights and support of such a thoughtful and experienced group of industry
partners. We aim to deliver a platform that delights everyone who touches it
and meets industry requirements of quality, security, manageability and
differentiation.”

Invitations are extended to any national or multinational carrier who wishes
to join the CAG. The group will close to new members at the end of July. For
more information about CAG membership, contact:
https://pages.canonical.com/carrier-advisory-group-contact-us.html, or visit:
www.ubuntu.com/phone/carrier-advisory-group.

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About Canonical and Ubuntu

Canonical is the company behind Ubuntu and the leading provider of services
for Ubuntu deployments in the enterprise. With global teams of developers,
support staff and engineering centres, Canonical is uniquely positioned to
help partners and customers make the most of Ubuntu. It also operates Ubuntu
One, a cross-platform personal cloud service for consumers. Canonical is a
privately held company.

Ubuntu is a free, open-source platform for client, server and cloud computing.
It is the most widely used Linux on the top 1000 websites by traffic, the
reference platform for OpenStack deployments, the most popular guest OS on
public clouds, and ships on PCs from Dell, Lenovo, HP and other brands. Ubuntu
for smartphones uses all four edges of the screen for a more immersive
experience. Ubuntu uniquely gives handset OEMs and mobile operators the
ability to converge phone, PC and thin client into a single enterprise
superphone.

Contact:

PR Contact
Sian Aherne
+442076302440
sian.aherne@canonical.com
 
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