Carrier Advisory Group
The Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group (CAG) lets mobile operators shape Ubuntu’s mobile strategy. Members receive advance confidential briefings and provide us with industry insight to ensure that Ubuntu meets their needs.
Members of the CAG have the opportunity to be a launch partner and gain the right to ship Ubuntu in markets
We expect the final group to include leaders in all major markets. The CAG will close to new members in July 2013, so we can focus our attention on the requirements of those forward-thinking operators with experience in platform transitions and introductions.
- Deutsche Telekom
- Everything Everywhere
- Telecom Italia
- China Unicom
- T Mobile
- Korea Telecom
- LG UPlus
- Portugal Telecom
- MTN Group
- SK Telecom
- Verizon Wireless
Benefits of joining
CAG meetings take place regularly and typically include a briefing by Canonical or a partner company, followed by feedback from carriers. Members can bring domain specialists to calls for each relevant topic covered. Topics planned for discussion in the CAG forum include:
- Differentiation for OEMs and operators
- Developer ecosystems and application portability
- 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
Wide industry participation
A key goal for Ubuntu is to satisfy the operators’ need for more platform competition. Wide industry participation in the group will help us to prioritise the delivery of new Ubuntu features, and grow an ecosystem of software, services and devices that meets that need.
CAG members can launch Ubuntu devices before non-members in local markets. The first two launch partners will be selected from within the group, with the next wave following six months later; non-members will face a substantial wait to gain access to the platform.
Members will have early knowledge of silicon, as well as OEM and ODM partners involved in the Ubuntu mobile initiative.
The Carrier Advisory Group is chaired independently of Canonical by David Wood, who has 25 years’ experience in the mobile industry, including leadership roles at Psion, Symbian and Accenture. He has wide experience with collaborative advisory groups, and twice served on the board of directors of the OMA (Open Mobile Alliance).
“The mobile industry still needs an independent platform thatDavid Wood, CAG Chairman
enables innovation and differentiation. That platform is Ubuntu.
The Carrier Advisory Group will have the opportunity to influence
the Ubuntu roadmap, and take full advantage of the potential of this emerging platform.”