Telecom API Aggregator Companies to Manage Core APIs

The aggregator role is gaining momentum as developers create more innovative services

Aggregators of telecom Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) connect multiple carrier APIs with various other resources.   The main interest groups are API providers and third-party developers. The API aggregator role is gradually gaining momentum within the market as developers create more innovative services, and as operators can also provide mash-ups as end-products. Carriers may perceive aggregators as a threat, as an operator may suffer from a dependency on third-party services, and uncertainty in the provided services and APIs.

Understanding the Telecom API Value Chain

For an API to be successful, everyone in the value chain must benefit

The value chain for telephony APIs takes many forms depending on the specific capabilities of an API. Generically, the network API value chain initiates from carrier which serves as the primary resource pool for assets and capabilities. Through network APIs these assets are exposed to developers.

Developers may have to work in conjunction with Web/Enterprise asset providers to integrate functionalities with other applications or web interfaces.

The Challenge of Delivering OTT Video Quality Today, and into the Future

How do we ensure sustainable quality of service and quality of experience across the entire network?

Quality measurement is essential for any supply chain to be successful.  Video is no different.  A breakdown in the system causes unhappy customers, damages brand, and can ultimately be the downfall of the entire business. 

Today, we are seeing increasing quality expectations; UHD/4K, and High Dynamic Range (HDR), just to name a few.  And, as other new products and capabilities enter the market, every one of them will need performance and interoperability standards to properly integrate them and create value for the total system.

The Role of Telecom APIs in the CSP Ecosystem

New business models will depend on 3rd-party apps, developed by small companies, relying on APIs

As many in IT know, the term API stands for Application Programming Interface.  An application programming interface (API) is a protocol intended to be used as an interface by software components to communicate with each other. What many outside of B2B networking do not know is that APIs enable network operators to capitalize on existing network infrastructure to facilitate third-party creation of a vast array of business opportunities for carriers worldwide.  

Why There is a Buzz Over Virtual CPE

As operators embrace NFV, vCPE for business services promises to be a prime use case

Networks that are agile, efficient, and well orchestrated are the first priority if service providers are to meet the challenges of automated, speedy, and ultimately profitable service delivery. The holy grail of programmable networks is driving the acceleration in network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN).

Understanding Business Drivers for VoLTE: Dialable VoIP and VAS vs. OTT Voice Services

With increasing awareness of IP as a cheap source of transport, more people are aware of VoIP and OTT alternatives

There are many reasons for justifying Voice over LTE (VoLTE) beyond the obvious efficiencies for voice services.  Some of the business case drivers include:

  • Revenue retention
  • Preparation/foundation for RCS
  • HDTV and HD voice services
  • Next Generation Apps (Augmented Reality and others)
  • Small carrier opportunities (roamers and vacation spots)

Arguably, the biggest driver is simply “Dialable VoIP”.

Game-changing Technologies Converging on OSS

Directly or indirectly, OSS will fundamentally influence service providers’ ability to deliver on promises

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Big Data for Telcos: cutting OPEX, improving service quality - and deploying services faster

Not just for marketers, Big Data and predictive analytics and techniques combine to make large carrier networks more resilient

Big Data has won acclaim – and rightfully so – for helping marketers improve the efficiency of their campaigns, assisting doctors in making diagnoses, fighting fraud, detecting hacker attacks, and even predicting financial markets. While most of the attention has been on consumer applications, Big Data analytics and techniques can be applied to telecommunications and carrier networks as well.

Operator Carrier Exchange (OCX) and Federated Content Delivery Networks (CDN)

It is arguably in the carriers’ best interest to take control of the video delivery networks

There is a huge opportunity for carriers to connect all their CDNs together.  This will result in a federated Content Delivery Network (CDN). Lately, operators have started to take serious actions towards this concept. They have created a new cooperation called “Operator Carrier Exchange” (OCX). The idea of the OCX is for carriers and telecom service providers to share ideas, develop CDN standards, and allow one another to connect their CDN networks.

End Buffering and Deliver a High Quality Mobile Video Experience

Implementing an intelligent traffic optimization solution can provide new mobile video revenue streams

With the capabilities of smartphones, tablets, and smart-machines becoming more advanced, consumers are using their mobile devices to handle more data intensive operations. According to Akamai’s Q4/2014 State of the Internet Report, mobile data usage grew 11 percent quarter over quarter and 54 percent year over year.

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