Alcatel-Lucent acquires OpenPlug, a cross-platform mobile software development tool provider

Alcatel-Lucent  (Euronext  Paris  and  NYSE:  ALU)  yesterday  announced that it has acquired OpenPlug, a mobile software and applications development tools vendor. Through this acquisition, Alcatel-Lucent deepens its role in the applications space by delivering, as part of its integrated suite of developer tools, a platform where application developers can write an application once, which will then be translated to run on any of the five major mobile operating systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent  can  now  extend  OpenPlug’s  functionality  to  service  providers,  enterprises  and developers so they can create and deploy applications — in virtually record time and without sacrificing the unique customer experience — across multiple mobile devices and within service provider app stores. As a result, applications that had previously only been available on more sophisticated  devices  such  as  smartphones,  can  now  be  enjoyed  by  consumers  on  any  mobile device,  which  opens  up  opportunities  in  emerging  markets,  where  low  cost  mobile  phone circulation is highest.

This is the second acquisition Alcatel-Lucent has made over the past three months to expand and enhance  the  application  ecosystem.  In  June,  the  company  acquired  ProgrammableWeb,  the technology industry’s go-to source of API-related content.

“While  demand  for  mobile  apps  is  peaking,  so  is  the  fragmentation  of  mobile  development platforms and tools,” said Michael Cote, analyst for Redmonk. “This makes it very expensive to target all devices and can lead to putting all your eggs in one, often tightly controlled basket, like Apple’s, or doing a least-common denominator, mobile web app that can’t benefit from full native device access. A tool that can target all platforms is hugely needed in this space, and OpenPlug should work  well with the  total mobile app  development portfolio Alcatel-Lucent is putting together.”

Thanks to OpenPlug, service providers, enterprises and developers do not have to be selective about which of the many mobile platforms they will write applications for, thus limiting their potential  for service adoption and revenue potential. OpenPlug’s mobile software turns  every device  into  a  smart  device.  It  allows  developers  to  write  applications  once  and  convert application code into native software that runs on any leading mobile device operating system, including iPhone®, Android®, Symbian®, Windows Mobile®, and Linux®.

“Being  able  to  provide  more  applications  across  multiple  devices  helps  service  providers significantly broaden their app store content to create more value for consumers,” said Laura Merling,  vice  president  of  Alcatel-Lucent’s  global  developer  strategy.  “As  service  providers typically offer multiple mobile devices to their subscriber base, the OpenPlug software can help them get to market five times faster by allowing them to easily port an application to all of their devices.  And  this  isn’t  purely  a  mobile  play  —  the  software  can  be  extended  to  support application  development  for  IPTV  set  top  boxes,  game  consoles,  even  the  ng  Connect  LTE Connected Car.”

“Deploying  valuable  web  and  mobile  services  requires  assembling  many  different  pieces  from many horizons,” said Eric Baissus, CEO of OpenPlug. “By combining OpenPlug’s ELIPS Suite and

ELIPS   Studio   technologies   with   Alcatel-Lucent’s   platforms   and   API   services,   we   enable developers  and  service  providers  to  gather  all  these  pieces  in  a  very  efficient  and  consistent way.  This  will  dramatically  facilitate  the  deployment  and  the  monetization  of  the  new generation of applications that the market is expecting.”

The OpenPlug toolset will be incorporated into Alcatel-Lucent’s Developer Platform and Open API Service, thus  broadening  the  functionality  available  to  service  providers,  enterprises  and developers for the exposure of network assets and the rapid introduction of new services across mobile and Web domains.

The  move  advances  Alcatel-Lucent’s  Application Enablement strategy,  which  is  focused  on combining the trusted and secure network capabilities of service providers with the speed and innovation of the Web to provide a richer end-user experience.

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