OPEN GATEWAY UNLOCKED
Why Open Gateway is not the average telco play
The telecommunications industry is constantly evolving , and mobile network operators ( MNOs ) must adapt to new trends and technologies to remain competitive .
Even though mobile network infrastructure serves as the heart of global digitization , it has been largely inaccessible to anyone not connected to telco companies for a long time . However , the rise of platform business models has made it essential to enable direct access to key networking functions with flexible and cost-effective configuration .
APIs CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT BY THE MNOs
Checks the last time that the SIM card associated with a mobile number ( MSISDN ) was changed .
Open Gateway ( OG ) is a GSMA-led , opensource initiative aimed at bridging this gap . It provides developers worldwide with seamless network access through novel network application programming interfaces ( APIs ). Initially launched with 21 MNOs globally , Open Gateway has expanded its reach since its introduction at the Mobile World Congress 2023 in Barcelona . It now encompasses 32 * telcos , covering approximately 50 % of mobile connections worldwide .
At launch , Open Gateway comprised of eight network APIs , jointly developed by the MNOs in alignment with the CAMA- RA alliance ( a project conducted by the GSMA and the Linux Foundation ). These network APIs are readily accessible to third-party providers , such as hyperscalers , aggregators and service developers . More APIs will likely be added once these ecosystem members formulate their demand for innovative use cases .
When integrating telco services into their products , developers must establish the Open Gateway connection just once . Afterward , the novel network APIs can be used to interact with any MNO involved in the initiative . Development efforts are reduced , and the need for deep understanding of MNO-specific network functioning is eliminated . Instead , developers are enabled to quickly deploy a wide range of novel services in identity , security , billing and quality on demand .
QUALITY ON DEMAND
SIMPLE EDGE DISCOVERY
ONE-TIME PASSWORD TEXT MESSAGE
CARRIER BILLING – CHECKOUT
Requests improved bandwidth and latency , minimized downtime and reduced jitter for specified data flows between application clients and servers .
Checks connectivity status for user equipment and if a device is roaming .
Enables seamless MSISDN-based authentication of a mobile device by the network without requiring manual user input .
Allows an application to discover the nearest edge cloud node to which it can connect .
Delivers a temporary , one-time password via text message and confirms possession of the mobile phone number .
Allows an online merchant to facilitate the purchase of digital goods and to request payment against the user ’ s operator carrier billing system .
Allows an application to determine whether a mobile device is near a given location .
Source : goetzpartners , GSMA
* as of July 2023