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Fujitsu Becomes First Mobile Phone Manufacturer in Japan to Join Wholesale Applications Community

Aiming towards global expansion through promoting the open standardization of mobile applications

Fujitsu Limited

Tokyo, November 01, 2010

Fujitsu today announced that it has become the first mobile phone handset manufacturer in Japan to participate as a sponsor in the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC), a non-profit alliance of many of the world's major corporations and organizations from the mobile phone industry that promotes the development and distribution of mobile phone applications.

WAC aims for the development of an open industry platform for the mobile phone applications market that users everywhere can benefit from, through the development of an open application development environment and by offering a diversity of applications that can be deployed across multiple devices.

Fujitsu plans to contribute to the activities of WAC through the wealth of technology it has acquired until now during the development of its own mobile phones and by providing feedback from customers. At the same time, Fujitsu will be able to deploy the technological innovations developed by WAC in its future product development, thereby helping to globally expand Fujitsu's mobile phone handset business.

Background

In recent times, as can be seen by the success of smartphone application stores, application distribution is becoming an increasingly important element of the mobile phone business.

Launched in February 2010 and incorporated in July 2010, WAC was established in order to develop common specifications for applications and common distribution routes, particularly for global telecommunications carriers with vast numbers of contract-based customers. This will enable a larger number of developers to participate in mobile phone application development for a wide range of mobile phone handsets, regardless of the operation system.

For Fujitsu, a mobile phone handset manufacturer, participating in WAC will enable the company to lead other manufacturers in Japan in developing products that incorporate global technological innovations, thereby resulting in the expansion of Fujitsu's handset business in the global marketplace.

About Wholesale Applications Community

Launched in February 2010, the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) is an open global alliance formed from leading organisations within the telecoms sector. Uniting a fragmented applications marketplace, WAC will create an open industry platform that benefits the entire ecosystem, including applications developers, handset manufacturers, OS owners, network operators and end users.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of ICT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 170,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$50 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com.

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This press release has been revised as of December 17, 2018.

Date: 01 November, 2010
City: Tokyo
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