At the Mobile World Conference (MWC) in Barcelona one of the biggest news items for people interested in the technology side of mobile is Open Gateway. This is a new framework from GSMA, which is the group of the world's largest network carriers. To kick off the standard, GSMA has announced Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) as the first cloud partners.
21 carriers from the GSMA 1000+ membership have created Open Gateway, which is a universal and open-source set of APIs that will be baked into networks. Developers can access the APIs to leverage services from mobile networks, such as billing information and identity verification.
According to the group, the APIs will help foster a new era of development through web3 and mixed-reality applications that tap into 5G. To drive the Open Gateway, GSMA says it has partnered with Microsoft Azure and AWS as its initial cloud services.
The two cloud giants will provide direct access to the APIs for developers. While there are currently 21 carriers involved, more GSMA members are likely to join in the future. The list of network carriers already on board is 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.
All companies have agreed to a memorandum of understanding and will collaborate to build the APIs. To do this they will use the CAMARA open-source project that was created with help from the Linux Foundation.
“GSMA Open Gateway will enable single points of access to ultra-broadband networks and provide a catalyst for immersive technologies and Web3 – giving them the ability to fulfill their potential and reach critical mass,” says José María Álvarez-Pallete López, the chairman of the GSMA as well as the CEO and chairman of Telefónica.
“Telcos have come a long way in developing a global platform to connect everyone and everything. And now, by federating open network APIs and applying the roaming concept of interoperability, mobile operators and cloud services will be truly integrated to enable a new world of opportunity. Collaboration amongst telecom operators and cloud providers is crucial in this new digital ecosystem.”
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