There were three different types of memberships open to companies wishing to join the Wholesale Applications Community. The category of membership dictated a company or organisation’s benefits and the level of participation in WAC’s on-going activities and strategy. The different levels of membership and associated benefits were:
Somebody owning an ‘Operator member’ role was able to participate in the various WAC Advisory Councils, integrate directly with the WAC content repository and advise the WAC management team on future strategy, technology road-map and specifications for WAC.
This level of membership was open to mobile network operators only.
Open to non-operators, such as handset vendors, device manufacturers and system integrators, ‘Sponsor members’ could participate in the WAC Advisory Councils, integrate with the WAC content repository and advise the WAC management team on future strategy, technology roadmap and specifications for WAC.
Associate membership was open to non-operators, manufacturers and integrators. Somebody owning an ‘Associate member’ role was able to participate in the WAC Advisory Councils and advise the WAC management team on the future strategy, technology roadmap and specifications for WAC.
Becoming a member
Joining WAC required the completion of a Membership Application form and the payment of applicable dues. WAC aimed to have your membership applications approved on the next business day.
Details of the respective membership rights were set out in the company’s Articles of Association and in the schedule of the Membership Application Form.
Members were expected to contribute to and participate in WAC
WAC membership provided you with different benefits and the right to access services. It was an opportunity to be involved in discussions, decisions and initiatives that would shape the future of mobile applications, keeping your business in touch, forward-thinking and competitive. With WAC, you could make a difference to your business and industry, as well.
Scale – WAC provided a platform with access to existing addressable customer base, more than 3 billion potential customers
- Access to high-value telco enablers – To enrich applications irrespective of operator or device through network enablers such as in-application billing
- Simple engagement model – Make it easy for developers and storefronts to develop and sell apps
- Focus on cross platform webapps – Leverage web technology and enable cross platform applications. Opportunity for developer to write an app once which will run on many different devices
- Led by no individual company – Open to involvement from any interested party. Any operator or industry player will be able to connect their retail store to WAC and source applications
Membership FAQs (Outdated)
How do I apply to become a WAC member?
If your company is not already a Member of Wholesale Applications Community (WAC), then you can apply to become a member of WAC by filling the online form or by contacting us per e-mail.
What are the membership criteria for WAC?
Any operator, device manufacturer, Internet company or interested party will have the opportunity to engage in the Wholesale Applications Community through various types of membership.
How do I know is my Company is already a Member of WAC
You can look at the list of “Our Members” to decide if your company is a member or not.
How long does the application process take?
WAC aims to have your membership applications approved on the same business day.
How much will it cost?
You can find WAC’s latest membership fees on their website.
What is the WAC business model?
WAC is a not-for-profit organisation and today their are fully funded from membership fees. In the future WAC were planning to take a commission on every transaction to help us cover our costs.
How can I get more information on the Wholesale Applications Community?
Please contact WAC if you have more queries.