Dataquest Insight: Overview of APIs offered by Telecommunications Carriers in 2009


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This research provides an overview and comparisons of network exposure APIs offered by 10 telecommunications carriers in 2009 to assess market trends. We also look into API standardization and business models and include some revenue estimates.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • API Definition
    • What Network APIs Do
    • Overview of API Initiatives
    • Extensive API Provisions
      • AT&T
      • Orange
      • TeliaSonera
      • BT
    • Basic API Provisions
      • Telefonica
      • Telenor
    • Specific API Provisions Are Just Enablers of Limited Applications and Services
      • Sprint Nextel
      • DT
      • Verizon
      • Vodafone
    • Business Models
      • Application Stores
      • Wholesale Business Models
      • Developer Communities
      • Portal Model
  • Background and Context
    • Joint Carrier Initiatives
      • Joint Innovation Lab
      • LiMo Foundation
    • Key Standardization Initiatives
      • GSMA OneAPI
      • Parlay API
      • OMTP Projects BONDI and OMA
    • Location-Based Services
      • Network API Protocols and Languages
  • The Impact
  • Conclusion
  • Recommended Reading
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