Mobile Network Optimisaton | 16-17 September 2014, London

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By Mollie Lloyd

Telecom APIs: Interview with Orange

Ahead of Telecom APIs 2014, we’ve conducted an exclusive speaker interview with Aurélien Duval-DelortDirector of the API program & Business Development for Africa & Middle-EastOrange, about his upcoming contribution at the Telecom APIs event, and general insights on API opportunities and trends…

 

Aurélien Duval-Delort
Director of the API program & Business Development for Africa & Middle-East
Orange

 

 

IIR Telecoms: What are the opportunities enabled by telecoms APIs?

Aurélien Duval-Delort:

  • Unlock Open Innovation to enrich our network with thousands of local services
  • Generate new revenues by expanding the reach of our core business
  • Reduce costs and time to market internally

IIR Telecoms: Are carriers giving up on API standardisation or is this still a realistic goal?

Aurélien Duval-Delort:

Orange is not giving up; it is complying with GSMA standards and is open to partnerships with other operators, since we believe it is the only way to stay competitive in front of OTTs APIs. However, it is a real challenge.

IIR Telecoms: Which are the most profitable Telecoms APIs to offer?

Aurélien Duval-Delort:

Carrier Billing, SMS, USSD, Voice, Geolocation (for AMEA at least).

IIR Telecoms: What are the optimum business models for developing Telecoms APIs – working with aggregators or not?

Aurélien Duval-Delort:

Both models are possible, depending on the expertise of each player, but also on the targeted market.

IIR Telecoms: What do you hope to achieve in attending Telecom APIs 2014?

Aurélien Duval-Delort:

Reach out to the ecosystem, let them know our ambitions, get new partners and ideas, debate with other operators.

Join Aurélien and the rest of our acclaimed speaker line-up at Telecom APIs, to discuss all this and more. www.telecomapis-advanced.com/register

By Mollie Lloyd

Innovation Awards | CEM and MVNO 2014

innovation awardsIIR Telecoms are delighted to announce the Innovation Awards. The ceremony will take place as part of the evening drinks reception at the co-located Telecom CEM Congress and MVNO Networking Congress, 3-5 November 2014.The awards are designed to celebrate and recognise the achievements of our peers and colleagues who have gone above and beyond in the following categories:

Our final award will be presented to the company with this year’s best CEM Solution’.

Please note that entries for the best ‘CEM Solution’ are £150 + VAT @ 20% per entry. Payment must be made before your entry will be submitted to the judges.

Nomination entries can be submitted by clicking on each category title, and completing a short nomination submission form. You can also nominate via the event website.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm (GMT) on Monday 22nd September 2014. Good luck, and we hope to be celebrating with you in London in November!

By Mollie Lloyd

Telecom APIs: Speaker Interview with Nik Willetts

 

Ahead of Telecom APIs 2014, we’ve conducted an exclusive speaker interview with Nik WillettsChief Strategy OfficerTM Forum, about his upcoming contribution at the Telecom APIs event, and general insights on API opportunities and trends…

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Nik Willetts
Chief Strategy Officer
TM Forum

 

IIR Telecoms: What are the opportunities enabled by telecoms APIs?

Nik Willetts:

  • ‘Horizontalization’ of IT – enabling carriers to provide a reusable IT fabric where new services and service innovation quickly and cheaply trial, scale or fail ideas. APIs also allow carriers to expose a this fabric to third parties who can also use core telco capabilities in their own digital services.
  • Exposure of telco ‘crown jewel’ data and capabilities to any developer/partner in a quick and easy way.
  • Tighter integration of an elastic cloud infrastructure (network, storage, compute) by being able to orchestrate the exact infrastructure you need, when you need it, directly (and automatically) controlled by the customer.

IIR Telecoms: Are carriers giving up on API standardisation or is this still a realistic goal?

Nik Willetts:

  • The market has matured and shifted from some of the early efforts in this space. In many cases, the reality is the true value of carrier data can only be realized if that data is aggregated with competitors. Most markets are normalizing on 3-4 mobile operators (plus a number of MVNOs) and OTT players are not willing to integrate with hundreds of operators globally to gain access to information, when that same information is often available from other services such as Facebook and Google
  • At TM Forum, we view API standardization as something that will happen through use. Trying to impose standards on a fluid and innovative market will not work. However, if you provide an API, or even design pattern, common vocabulary and approach that saves developers time and progressively becomes regarded as best practice and ultimately becomes the ‘standard’ through use. This is similar to how many open source and internet standards evolve.

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Join Nik and the rest of our acclaimed speaker line-up at Telecom APIs, to discuss all this and more. Register at www.telecomapis-advanced.com/register

By Mollie Lloyd