Movistar, Orange and Vodafone will announce today the launch in Spain of the sale of APIs (small software programs that allow activating specific functions in 5G networks). The initiative is part of the Open Gateway initiative promoted by the GSMA, the global telecom employer’s association.
The goal is to allow companies that are developing applications and services that run on their mobile networks to adjust the functions of those networks to suit their needs.
It is about providing developers of services that operate on networks (cloud services, banks, TV streaming , video games, e-commerce, utilities or Public Administration services, among others) with a toolbox that is standard in everyone. And that these tools, the APIs, can be incorporated by those who develop these services to configure the functions and characteristics of the telecom networks, so that they better fit their needs.
To market these APIs, Telefónica, Orange, Vodafone and many other telecom operators are negotiating with large technology companies that offer services for third parties and that have thousands or hundreds of thousands of certified service developers, such as large public cloud companies, such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure or also Vonage, a subsidiary of Ericsson .
The idea is to launch the actual marketing of these services to Spanish clients – what is called exposing the APIs as on a digital counter so that they can be acquired by third parties – to show the viability of the API market at the Mobile World Congress ( MWC) of Barcelona, which will be held from the 26th to the 29th of this month.
This business niche is one of the hopes of telecom companies to achieve additional income to compensate for their declines in billing. Telefónica expects that it will generate revenues of 4,000 million euros in the countries in which the Spanish telecom company is present.