Uninor, the Indian unit for the Norwegian telecom major Telenor’s has come up with plans to start their own mobile application store that’s presumed to work on all feature phones. The app store is going to be part of the company’s “Internet for all” programme. Increase the mobile internet customer base from 22% to 50% by 2017 is a vital aim of the programme.
At present the company has around 48 million subscribers throughout the states of UP, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The company also plans to launch its services in Assam this year.
"We are working to create our own application store. It will have mobile application that can work even on feature phones and on 2G network," Telewings Communications Services CEO Vivek Sood said on sidelines of the launch of their mobile app development contest Digital Winners 2015.
Sood further added, "We are committed to transform India into a knowledge economy. This year, application development theme is around education. The winner of the contest will get Norwegian Krone 1, 00,000 (around Rs 10 lakh) besides other benefits."
As part of the contest a selected mobile app developer can represent India at the Best App in Asia contest in Oslo. For the purpose of monetising the app Uninor will provide adequate mentorship to these developers.
The registration for the contest had begun from July 8 and will end by August 10, 2015. The top 10 ideas will be shortlisted by a panel of technology, journalists, professional industry experts, and mentors by the 31st of August, 2015.