GSMA announces universal network API framework for developers

GSMA has unveiled the GSMA Open Gateway framework of universal network application programmable interfaces (APIs) designed to provide universal access to operator networks for developers.

Launched with the support of 21 mobile network operators, the move represents a paradigm shift in the way the telecoms industry designs and delivers services in an API economy world.

The first fruits of this can be seen in many demonstrations at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona 2023. These include an immersive concert experience from Axiata, using APIs for Device Location, Carrier Billing and Authentication; a live jam session from the 5G Future Forum with musicians around the world, supported by the Edge Site Selection API, and an immersive gaming, and high definition video showcase, from Orange, Telefónica, Vodafone, and Ericsson/Vonage based on the Quality on Demand (QoD) API.

GSMA Open Gateway APIs are defined, developed and published in Camara, the open source project for developers to access enhanced network capabilities, driven by the Linux Foundation in collaboration with GSMA. Working in Camara, APIs between telcos and developers can be delivered quickly, using developer-friendly tools and software code.

Signatories to the GSMA Open Gateway Memorandum of Understanding are America Movil, AT&T, Axiata, Bharti Airtel, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, e& Group, KDDI, KT, Liberty Global, MTN, Orange, Singtel, Swisscom, STC, Telefónica, Telenor, Telstra, TIM, Verizon, and Vodafone.

Over the next 12 months, the initiative will support engagement via early adopter programmes for developers. It will promote GSMA Open Gateway APIs via significant developer channels, including Microsoft events such as Ignite and Build; and AWS’ re:Invent.

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