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Market Trends: CSP API Activities Span Four Key Areas

Published: 28 August 2013

ID: G00255881

Analyst(s): Gyanee Dewnarain


The focus of communications service providers' API activities is shifting from long-tail developer engagement to solutions targeted at content and service providers, wholesale partners, enterprises and internal stakeholders. CSPs need to identify opportunities in each of these four target segments.

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Market Trend

  • Activity Area 1: CSPs Are Courting Long-Tail Developers to Enrich Their Innovation Gene Pools
    • Business Model and Go-To-Market Strategy
  • Activity Area 2: Providing Payment APIs to Content and Service Providers Allows Participation in Leading Ecosystems
    • Business Model and Go-To-Market Strategy
    • Using APIs to Optimize Interactions with Wholesale Partners
  • Activity Area 3: CSPs Upsell to Enterprise IT And Target New Buying Centers With API-based Platforms and Solutions
    • Business Models and Go-To-Market Strategy
  • Activity Area 4: Internal Use of APIs Increases Efficiency, Reduces Complexity and Shortens Time To Market for Innovative Services
    • CSPs' Monetization and Go-To-Market Strategies for APIs

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