Focusing on 4 main avenues, the GSMA’s Open Gateway Initiative builds on the CAMARA launch in 2022. Tasked with defining a set of high-level simple telecom APIs via CAMARA, driving universal adoption of network APIs, encouraging adoption of APIs by the application developer community & ensure CSP API interoperability.
The last 2 Mobile World Congress events have each seen significant announcements in the network API domain. In 2022, the LINUX Foundation launched the CAMARA project. In 2023, this was followed by the GSMA launching its Open Gateway initiative.
CAMARA’s objective was to define a set of simple north-bound APIs to expose telecom network capabilities to third-party applications. The application developer is then able to use these telecom CAMARA APIs in their applications to make them network-aware. The applications can then make API calls to influence the network or get network information. These APIs are so simple that the application developers will not need any specialist telecom training to use them.
Then in 2023 came the GSMA Open Gateway initiative. It built upon the CAMARA project but plans to do more. There are four main aspects of its work: define a set of high-level simple telecom APIs through CAMARA; drive universal adoption of network APIs by service providers, encourage adoption of APIs by the application developer community; and finally, to agree on service provider API interoperability. As of June 2023, 29 service providers (60% of all worldwide mobile users), plus Microsoft and Amazon had joined the GSMA Open Gateway initiative. This was up from 21 at its launch.
The GSMA Open Gateway initiative has already identified a few APIs, and these are listed below. To encourage application developer adoption, and to keep API development agile, the GSMA & CAMARA have decided to make each network API available as soon as it is ready. The Quality on Demand API is already available. New APIs can then easily be added when application developers desire them.
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