Acquisition boosts ALU carrier apps capability

Alcatel-Lucent has made a second acquisition as it looks to create a wide-ranging software platform to support carrier's Telco 2.0 activities. The company has announced the purchase of OpenPlug, a French mobile software and apps tools vendor, three months after acquiring ProgrammableWeb. OpenPlug's technology will become part of ALU's integrated suite of developer tools which allow apps to be written once and then run over any of the five major mobile operating systems (OSs) and their associated app stores. A major advantage of the OpenPlug platform is that it is suitable for non-smartphone platforms which will enable operators to pursue their goal of extending mobile software capabilities into emerging markets. ALU says it will extend OpenPlug's functionality to service providers and developers in order to reduce time to market for new services and programs.

Laura Merling, VP of ALU's global developer strategy, said in a statement: "As service providers typically offer multiple mobile devices to their subscriber base, the OpenPlug software can help them reduce time to market by as much as 80 per cent by allowing them to easily port an application to all of their devices."

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