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The API Development Model Offers CSPs New Opportunities and an Entry into the Digital Ecosystem

Published: 28 August 2013

ID: G00248656

Analyst(s): Mentor Cana , Akshay K. Sharma


Communications service providers are increasingly looking for new revenue. To monetize their network, IT and information assets, they should adapt the API development model and developer portals, partner with API brokers and expose their capabilities as APIs for long-tail and short-tail solutions.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Study Approach and Process


  • Expose Your Network and IT Capabilities Through Open APIs
    • Types of APIs Exposed for Short Tail and Long Tail
    • New Capabilities Possible in Exposing APIs
    • API Monetization and Evaluation
    • Future APIs Considerations and CSPs' Road Maps
    • Organizational Change and Skill Set Realignment
  • Deploy API Developer Portals to be Used by Development Teams to Ease the Access to Your API Assets
    • Network Equipment Providers
    • Technologies Used by CSPs
    • The Role of OneAPI in Exposing Network Capabilities
    • CSP Tech Provider and Enablers Road Map
  • Partner with API Aggregators and Brokers, Other CSPs and Vertical Solutions Enablers to Co-create Value for Your Mutual Customers
    • The Role of API Aggregators and Brokers
    • A CSP as a Billing API Broker
  • Proactively Deploy NFV and SDN Capabilities
  • Start Exposing Your Information, Analytics and BI Capabilities via APIs

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