(Reuters) – Finnish technology startup Blaast unveiled in January its first major deal, signing up Indonesian operator XL Axiata, and said it aims to tap more carriers to grab a share of booming mobile application market.
Blaast has built a platform to distribute apps to mid-range cellphones, enabling carriers to sell more data packages bundled with free access to applications. Operators around the world are seeking ways to grab a share of booming mobile apps market, already a $15 billion industry, dominated by Apple and Google stores.
“We have met tens of operators and almost all of them want to launch our services,” said Blaast Chief Executive Joonas Hjelt.
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In early 2011, Helsinki-based mobile cloud computing developer Blaast raised 2.6 M€ seed money from Estonian Ambient Sound Investments. Read more.