The battle for control of the multi-billion dollar mobile Internet space is the focus of the debate at the Open Mobile Summit (, where industry world leaders convene in London, May 26-27th to explore how to monetize the open mobile ecosystem. Among the topics will be “open vs. Apple.”

While the world watches to see if Apple CEO Steve Jobs will repeat the iPhone’s success with the iPad, criticism of Apple’s closed approach to device development runs high. Open vs closed models, the evolution of ebooks, tablets and devices “beyond the phone” — and the impact on future publishing and media revenues — are high on the agenda at this year’s Open Mobile Summit.

Joining the debate this year will be major handset players such as Nokia, HTC, Sony and Acer, operators Vodafone, O2, Orange, 3 and TeliaSonera, and Internet leaders Yahoo!, Spotify, EA Games and Gowalla. This is the second annual London conference from the organizers at the Open Mobile Summit. Key themes this year include “Monetizing Content and Apps,” “the Digital Book Revolution and the Future of Mobile Publishing,” “New Revenue Opportunities for Operators,” “Interconnected Entertainment,” “Future of the OS” and more.

The Open Mobile Summit is produced by Open Mobile Media founder and managing director, Robin Batt. Batt is also the founder and managing director of Bold Business Ventures, a consulting firm that provides market strategy and go-to-market services to converging communications sector clients.