Telecom Argentina and Intraway Announce Joint Venture to Drive Open Gateway Adoption - Intraway

Telecom Argentina and Intraway Announce Joint Venture to Drive Open Gateway Adoption

The new technology company will support mobile operators in the end-to-end deployment of the GSMA Open Gateway initiative to drive new revenues by exposing their networks through standard APIs.

  • Roberto Nobile, CEO of Telecom Argentina, and Leandro Rzezak, CEO of Intraway, entered into the agreement, appointing Lucas Lodeiro as CTO and interim CEO of the new joint venture.
  • The new company’s objective is to become the main partner for operators, initially throughout Latin America, to accelerate network and data services monetization via APIs (Application Programming Interfaces). 
  • These services will allow dozens of industries and application developers to enhance their users’ experience by directly interacting with the mobile network through secure and robust APIs.

Buenos Aires, May 1, 2024 – Telecom Argentina and Intraway are proud to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding to establish a pioneering joint digital company. This initiative is dedicated to deploying a cloud-native software solution that empowers Latin American CSPs to drive new revenues by securely and scalably enhancing the exposure and monetization of their networks. This venture is underpinned by the GSMA’s Open Gateway initiative, which represents a paradigm shift in the way the telecoms industry designs and delivers services in an API economy world.

The new company will offer the possibility of implementing the platform that Telecom and Intraway developed jointly. Aligned with the Open Gateway standard and its multi-platform spirit, it will be able to integrate seamlessly with other industry solutions. It will also provide consulting services for API integration, and product design and architecture, aiming to position itself as the main partner for operators in the region looking to join and accelerate the implementation of this new business paradigm.

Conceived as a cloud-native and multi-tenant solution, the new company will serve as a backbone for CSPs to securely expose and monetize their networks. It will address the diverse needs of stakeholders, a critical necessity for which the combination of Telecom and Intraway’s knowledge and capabilities is the right fit.

Roberto Nobile, CEO of Telecom and the only Argentine member of the GSMA board, stated: “This joint venture marks a milestone not only in boosting the digital economy and the Open Gateway standard in Latin America but also represents a key step in our strategy to consolidate ourselves as a technological hub and continue expanding our operations beyond the footprint of our networks.” “The objective of this joint venture,” Nobile continues, “is for regional operators to accelerate the adoption of this new standard, leveraging the responses and solutions we have already applied in Telecom. Our learnings, together with a flexible, scalable, and accessible solution that we will provide with Intraway, will undoubtedly be valuable assets for them to take advantage of the potential this new business paradigm offers to monetize their own networks and enhance their operations.”

Lucas Lodeiro, CTO of Intraway and interim CEO of the new company, explained: “This strategic alliance with Telecom Argentina represents a unique opportunity to democratize and expand direct access to operators’ mobile networks for banks, e-commerce, digital wallets, transportation, governments, and many other industries, allowing them to innovate and offer more secure, tailor-made, and efficient services. In summary, it enhances digital transformation inclusively, with a strong focus on protecting user privacy, allowing telcos to enable and participate in various new business models, opening up new opportunities for growth and development in the digital domain.”

Value Partners

Telecom, a leading company in connectivity, technology, entertainment, and digital services solutions with operations in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Chile, will contribute its expertise and know-how as a provider of ICT services and digital solutions, in addition to its own experience in developing APIs within the Open Gateway framework.

It is worth noting that Telecom has become a reference in Latin America for the GSMA and CAMARA initiatives and has already launched SIM SWAP, its first in-house developed API, which is in an advanced testing phase with fintech clients worldwide. Furthermore, it is working on launching other APIs that contribute to the value proposition of security and anti-fraud, such as Number Verification, Device Status, and Device Location. Some of these APIs are already being designed and supported in the solution jointly designed and developed between Telecom and Intraway.

Intraway, recognized for its robust Operational Support Systems used by telecom operators in more than 20 countries, will add its experience in the development and management of mission-critical cloud-native solutions, telecommunications network knowledge, and the integration with Symphonica, its AI-driven, no-code orchestration and provisioning platform that will allow CSPs to integrate their network elements securely and extremely quickly.

Leandro Rzezak, CEO of Intraway, explained: “The ‘end-to-end no-code functionality’ allows operators to expose any network element or other systems via APIs simply through configuration, without the need to program connectors, greatly reducing implementation times, and especially the time from project inception to revenue generation.”

Telecom Argentina and Intraway expect to commercially release the first version of their joint solution during the second quarter of this year.

About Telecom Argentina

We are Telecom Argentina, a company in constant movement with the purpose of empowering the lives of our 33 million customers through technology. Our solutions are designed to help people and communities grow and move forward, but also enjoy, be entertained and connect whenever and however they want.

We offer an integral experience with our ecosystem of digital services and solutions. With Personal, we connect our clients to the internet at home and on their cellphones. With Flow, we provide TV and streaming content. With our virtual wallet Personal Pay, we connect people with their money. And with Telecom, we help thousands of companies and institutions in their digital transformation. We are present with our comprehensive service proposal in Argentina and Paraguay, pay television in Uruguay and digital services in Chile.

We are one of the main employers in Argentina, with collaborators all throughout the country who choose to be part of this great place to work. We promote the digital economy and lead an industry that constitutes a fundamental pillar for the development of society, with constant investment, sustainable practices and initiatives that promote talent and digital inclusion.

We take pride in being active participants in society’s evolution and in continuing to enhance the world of our customers. Far from stopping, we look forward. We are the present and the future. We are Telecom, we empower your desire to move forward.

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About Intraway

With more than 20 years in the market and thousands of projects executed in over 25 countries, Intraway is one of the leading companies specializing in digital transformation and mission-critical software development for mobile and fixed operators in the Americas, consistently achieving a 100% project success rate. Intraway helps operators become more agile, introduce new products more quickly, reduce operating expenses, and migrate operational support systems to the cloud.

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About Open Gateway

GSMA Open Gateway is a common and open framework among operators to facilitate the efforts of developers and cloud providers seeking to create applications and services that seamlessly communicate with each other and work for all devices and clients. This is done through unique access points to mobile networks known as APIs. Almost 40 groups of mobile operators worldwide, representing 228 mobile networks and 64% of global connections, are already part of the initiative.

About Intraway

Supporting the service of over 40 million subscribers in more than 20 countries over three continents, Intraway’s mission-critical solutions help global telecommunications operators create the network of the future, today. By unleashing the full potential of networks, Intraway’s no-code, cloud-native, provisioning automation solutions, we add the latest, cutting-edge functionality to speed up time-to-market, reduce operational costs and advance digital transformation initiatives.