Telecom Application Programming Interfaces



Telecom API

Telecom Application Programming Interfaces (API) capitalize on existing network infrastructure and platforms to facilitate many new business opportunities for global Communication Service Providers (CSP) to offer Business-to-Business (B2B) services in a Data as a Service (DaaS) basis. CSPs offer data over Telecom APIs in a DaaS model to data aggregators as well as direct to enterprise customers and Over-the-Top (OTT) players.

DaaS is defined as any service offered wherein users can access vendor provided databases or host their own databases on vendor managed systems. DaaS is expected to grow significantly in the near future due to a few dominant themes including cloud-based infrastructure/services, enterprise data syndication, and the consumer services trend towards Everything as a Service (XaaS).

The Telecom API ecosystem includes APIs, data services, and analytics that provide business-to-business (B2B) services to OTT and enterprise customers.  Ecosystem participants are comprised of network operators, application developers, and telecom API brokers that facilitate access to telecom data, application development, and service delivery. Services include both business-to-consumer (B2C) and B2B applications. Data is both structured and unstructured (e.g. Big Data) and service optimization relies upon target marketing and customer intimacy that will benefit from various predictive analytics.

CSPs are increasingly looking towards “asymmetric” ways in which to monetize their assets in terms of network and customers. This represents a fast growing secondary revenue stream for CSPs as they sell services on a wholesale basis to various third parties.

The global application development community is becoming increasingly aware of Telecom APIs as a means of accessing data for a variety of communications-enabled applications. One leading beneficiary is WebRTC, which provides a framework, protocols, and API that facilitates real-time interactive voice, video and data in via a Web browser.

More Information

Mind Commerce has covered Telecom APIs research for many years.

For more information about CSPs in the Telecom API Marketplace, see:

Communication Service Providers (CSP) and the Telecom API Ecosystem

Also, we provide a no cost paper entitled:

Understanding and Capitalizing Upon Telecom APIs for Communications Enabled Applications

Contact Us if you would like a copy of this paper.

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