November, 2005: At
the 3G World Congress in Hong Kong, the Siemens Communications
Group premiered the first marketable application from
its worldwide IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) Developer
Program. Within the framework of this program, partner
companies develop IMS applications for Second and Third
Generation mobile networks with support from Siemens.
The application shown in Hong Kong, "Xtreme Penalty
Shootout," was developed by Softex Digital Pvt. Ltd.
and certified by Siemens. The object of the game: The
players use their mobiles to compete against one another
in an eleven-meter shootout over the mobile network.
A partnership with the Infocomm Development Authority
of Singapore (IDA), a local government authority, is
intended to foster the development of IMS-based applications.
Within the framework of this collaboration, Siemens
trains IMS application developers and supports them
by making a test center available. This enables the
partner companies to be even faster and more cost-effective
in readying IMS applications for market. The objective
of the IDA is to spark greater interest in the utilization
of 3G wireless technology in Singapore.
Siemens launched the IMS Developer Program (IDP) eight
months ago, and offers programmers extensive software
development tools. Access to live IMS test centers enables
online certification of the applications. Over 100,000
partner companies and private participants are already
registered in the developer community.
The Siemens Communications Group is one of the largest
players in the global telecommunications industry. The
company offers a full-line portfolio of innovative solutions
for voice and data communication. Its comprehensive
offerings range from devices right through to complex
network infrastructures and services for wireless, fixed
and enterprise networks. It is the largest Group within
the Siemens organization and operates in more than 160
countries around the world. In fiscal 2005 (September
30), its 54,500-strong workforce posted sales of over
13 billion euros.