From the Wires
GSMA Announces OneAPI Exchange
New Technical Solution Seamlessly Integrates Operator Services into Mobile Apps, Delivering Exceptional Experiences for Consumers
By: PR Newswire
Feb. 25, 2013 01:31 AM
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The GSMA today announced a new, flexible technical platform, the OneAPI Exchange, which will deliver network capabilities to mobile apps. This latest phase of the OneAPI global initiative, which facilitates closer collaboration between operators and developers, has been undertaken with leading mobile operators including AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone. The OneAPI Exchange will be operated by leading technology provider Apigee.
"The OneAPI Exchange promises to elevate the mobile app experience for consumers," said Michael O'Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. "By supporting closer operator-developer relationships and greater cross-carrier interoperability, the platform will lead to seamless access to exciting mobile apps with enhanced features. End users will benefit from operator services they already know and trust, such as billing, messaging and operator identity, embedded within the apps they choose."
New Flexible Platform for Operator-Developer Collaboration
When a developer selects and registers with an operator developer programme, they are able to build applications that utilise that operator's APIs. The OneAPI Exchange also allows a developer to specify which other operators' networks they would like their app to work with, so services are not limited to the customers of a single operator. The platform seamlessly maps the APIs used by the app onto those used by the consumer's operator.
This federated approach enables operators to either customise the services available on their own platforms, while still reaching a mass market, or expose their network capabilities to developers through standardised APIs.
"The OneAPI Exchange is a completely new model for API interoperability that will dramatically simplify and accelerate the development of telco API-powered apps in a global marketplace. We are extremely pleased to be providing a leading edge solution powered by Apigee technology to the GSMA and its mobile operator members, and look forward to many successful deployments in the year ahead," said Chet Kapoor, Apigee CEO.
Globalising the OneAPI Solution
Standardised location, messaging and payment APIs are already commercially available in Canada through the OneAPI Gateway. A standardised identity API, which allows consumers to register with applications without the need to share a user identity and password with third parties, will be available across the global OneAPI Exchange in Q2 2013. A payment API will also go live on the OneAPI Exchange this year. There will also be the opportunity for other technology providers to collaborate in technical infrastructure developments going forward.
Opportunities for Developers
The OneAPI Exchange further allows developers to maintain a direct relationship with their chosen operator and their development resources. Within this environment, they can then subscribe to an operator network API and choose the additional operators they would like their app to work with. All billing, metrics and usage data is then streamlined through a single operator, eliminating the need for direct and complex multi-carrier onboarding.
"Consumers across the world are increasingly using mobile applications in their business and personal lives," continued O'Hara. "There is now an exciting opportunity for the mobile industry to provide solutions that simplify the app development process, accelerate time to market and facilitate worldwide reach. The OneAPI Exchange will help take the consumer experience to the next level."
Network APIs in Action at Mobile World Congress
Attendees to Mobile World Congress 2013 can experience these demos in the Connected City, Hall 3, Stands 3B2 and 3C2 and also at the GSMA Pavilion located in Congress Square.
For further information visit: www.gsma.com/oneapi
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