Understanding TM Forum OPEN APIs

APIs (Application Programming Interface) are a critical and essential part of any solution. They are used to build and integrate solutions that provide products and services in a global way. They allow native and simple communication, intra and inter companies, managing the interconnection of clients, strategic partners, and other entities of the environment in which they are immersed.

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This interconnection occurs through the exposure of certain business capabilities. Exposing these capabilities in an open and standardized way allows for innovative acceleration as well as access to new sources of income for the company.

The great challenge to overcome is how to achieve, in this scenario, growth capabilities in a simple and safe way, without having to spend an exorbitant amount of resources since the number of consumers of these services can escalate exponentially.

CSP (Communication Service Providers) are currently going through a digital transformation, with the aim of reducing the OPEX or operating cost and thus allocating more resources to other areas such as virtualization with NFV (Network Function Virtualization) or SDN (Software Defined Networks).

TM Forum Open APIs

In order to standardize, facilitate interoperability, and achieve open digital architectures, TM Forum has defined more than 50 Open APIs based on REST (Representational State Transfer). In addition to the benefits and features mentioned above, the adoption of these standards is strongly associated with the concept of reusing and simplifying IT-based processes, which at the end of the day translate into a reduction in operating costs over time. As an additional bonus, these principles and tools place the company in a situation of potential growth through greater research and innovation.

Worldwide, Open APIs have been implemented in more than 65 countries around the world and downloaded by more than 5000 industry professionals from 700 companies.

Among the most well known CSPs we can mention Telstra (www.telstra.com.au), BT (www.bt.com), Orange (www.orange.com), Turkcell (www.turkcell.com.tr), MyRepublic (myrepublic.net/sg/) and many others that have adopted this paradigm with many objectives (increase revenue, customer centralization, dynamic network services, “agile” architectures, among others) and all with excellent results.

In summary, we can indicate that the adoption of Open APIs allows:

  • Simplifying IT architectures
  • Facilitating integration with business partners
  • Monetizing the growing volume of data
  • Increasing innovation and dynamism, inter and intra company

For further information, refer to https://www.tmforum.org/open-apis/

TM Forum provides training on Open APIs. View it here!

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