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Telecom industry association GSMA presented the Open Gateway toolkit during MWC 2023. The toolkit allows developers on open standards to more easily build and deploy applications to multiple operator telecom networks.

As the underlying open technology, the API toolkit uses CAMARA, an open-source API toolkit that GSMA released last year in partnership with the Linux Foundation.

The GSMA Open Gateway toolkit enables operators to make networks more accessible to APIs from apps. Consider a telecom operator’s API for a navigation app to determine the location of smartphones. The API environment can also support other apps, such as for delivering streaming services or optimizing wireless connections.

A key feature of the GSMA Open Gateway toolkit is interoperability. Operator APIs developed with the toolkit are interoperable with each other. It means it becomes easier for developers to move apps from one telecom network to another, without having to go deep into the code to do so.

APIs can also be customized by location and telecom operator. This gives developers a chance to get more value out of their apps and improve the apps as well. In the future, the GSMA’s API toolkit should also ensure that the development process for (mobile) apps is improved. The toolkit is now supported by 21 telecom networks.

Integration with cloud providers

Besides making API access to telecom networks easier, the new toolkit should eventually also help with integration between telecom operators and (public) cloud services. Especially now that operators are also increasingly collaborating with cloud providers and the latter are also providing more and more telecom services. Cooperation between telecom operators and cloud providers is very important for the new digital ecosystem, according to the GSMA.

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