Telecom API



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.

In response to the growing threat of all apps being completely OTT based, with little or no carrier involvement, Leading CSPs such as AT&T realized as early as 2011 that they needed to start programs to open up network assets as well as databases to third-parties as a means of establishing and maintaining their own application development community.  In 2013, AT&T launched an Enterprise-Focused API Program relying upon Telecom APIs.

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.

Other important areas related to Telecom APIs include Telecom Application Development, Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS), Programmable Telecom, Communication Enabled Apps, Embedded Communications.

The term Programmable Telecom is an important one as it pertains to the general notion of leveraging telecommunications capabilities by way of Telecom APIs as well as other tools including SDKs, GUIs, open source platforms, and other methods.

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.


The telecommunications Application Programming Interface (API) marketplace has significantly matured in recent years.  During this period, we have seen network operators leverage APIs to derive wholesale transaction revenue as well as communication-enabled application revenue.

Our latest report builds upon five years of Telecom API research from Mind Commerce

Telecom API Market Outlook and Forecasts 2017 – 2022 provides an in-depth assessment of the global Telecom API market, including business models, value chain analysis, operator strategies and a quantitative assessment of the industry from 2017 to 2022. The report also addresses other important areas within Programmable Telecom including telecom GUIs, SDKs, and API Platforms. 

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