Apkudo Partners with CCA to Create Common Device Requirements for Competitive Carriers
“Device Hub” provides operators with access to the latest devices, faster and at better prices
March 27, 2014 – San Antonio, TX – Today, Apkudo and Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) announced the launch of the CCA Device Hub Powered by Apkudo (Device Hub), a centralized resource that promises to revolutionize the device buying ecosystem for smaller rural and regional wireless operators.
The Device Hub will enable CCA carrier members to more efficiently and economically manage their device portfolio from end-to-end by providing a platform to interact, collaborate and share information. The Device Hub will gather and consolidate network and device data from participating carriers and will use that information to create a “SmartSpec,” a common device specification that participating carriers, device manufacturers and distributors can use to simplify and accelerate the device launch process.
“The Device Hub is a game-changer for our members, especially for smaller carriers who do not have the scope and scale to access the latest devices,” said CCA President & CEO, Steven K. Berry. “The Device Hub helps overcome this obstacle by allowing carriers to pool their resources to create a ‘Virtual Tier-1’ operator, and I am delighted that Apkudo, a CCA member, is helping carriers solve the device dilemma. The Device Hub is a good complement to the Data Access Hub, which is full speed ahead with CCA’s announcement earlier today, and this is another great reason to become a member of CCA!”
“The Device Hub is a one-stop shop for CCA members,” said Josh Matthews, Co-founder and CEO of Apkudo. “They can access our industry-leading ‘Apkudo Approved’ reports, which contain usability and performance data on almost every device in the marketplace, and use this information to make much more informed decisions about the devices they offer their subscribers from a user-experience perspective. This will save considerable time and resources during all device launch phases, and for post-launch customer support.
Participating carriers will have access to all of the Device Hub resources through a secure portal.