Mozilla is announcing that at least 17 carriers spanning the globe have now committed to carrying FirefoxOS-based mobile smartphones. The carriers include: América Móvil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia Group, Telefónica, Telenor, TMN and VimpelCom.
The carrier expansion represents a net addition of ten new carriers since July of 2012. Mozilla rebranded its Boot2Gecko mobile phone effort as FirefoxOS at that time and laid out a strategy that included working with global carriers. Mozilla is facing an uphill battle against existing mobile vendors Apple IOS and Google Android as well as challenges from open source upstarts, including Samsung Tizen and the Canonical Ubuntu Phone.
From a hardware perspective, Mozilla announced that manufacturers Alcatel (TCL), LG, ZTE and Huawei are all building FirefoxOS phones. All of the phones are set to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile processors.
“We have very fast platform because we don’t need the extra layers,” Eich said.