Malaysia's Axiata Group has formed a joint venture with open source software company WSO2 to launch an API platform for operators building digital services.
WSO2.Telco's open source API platform is designed to provide mobile operators with an agile collaboration layer for working with partners to develop services.
The platform has been designed to give operators a way to fight back against the encroachment on their earnings from disruptive OTT voice and messaging providers.
Axiata is already using the platform to collaborate with five operating companies via a group API hub.
Operators will be able to use the platform to plan, manage and orchestrate multiple network services. Customers, partners and services can be integrated in a single business ecosystem.
The system can be grown to encompass management of APIs used to design services ranging from billing and e-money to e-health, e-government and M2M.
“APIs are the lifeblood of enterprises and the Internet. Our platform provides a simple and cost-effective way for operators to immediately accelerate digital transformation,” WSO2.Telco CEO Kumi Thiruchelvam said.
“The company, which already has proof points with tier one customers, is the perfect hybrid—formed by a major telco group and a visionary open-source technology company—with the backbone technology and an intimate understanding of the need combined under one roof."