“Until now, communications service providers could not match their digital native counterparts when it came to delivering what customers want, when and where they want it. Now there is a real opportunity to close that gap through a number of interrelated, big trends that are happening in parallel.
This includes transforming their infrastructure through network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud technologies, and transforming their business processes and back-office operations.
The next step is making those internal support system platforms available to partners and customers in a dynamic, on-demand way capable of supporting almost instant mashed-up services.
APIs are key to enabling this, which operators made clear in May when nine of the world’s largest service providers – Axiata, Bharti Airtel, BT, China Mobile, China Unicom, NTT Group, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone – officially adopted TM Forum’s suite of Open APIs for digital service management. These service providers have committed to adopt TM Forum Open APIs as a foundational component of their IT architectures; to promote global adoption of the API suite by their partners; and to expect technology vendors and systems integrators to support these APIs in their products and cloud-based services.”
Peter Sany on TM Forum’s Inform.
The link above provides an interesting account of TM Forum’s Open APIs, which is one possible approach to building the small-grid OSS of the future.
As Utilities move from TDM to a IP based environment the TMF’s openAPIs will help with the transition. Traditional CSPs have had the time to understand the move from TDM to IP and how to use MPLS(-TE) and other protocols. For Utilities this will help them to understand SDN and NFV (VNF) and how they can be deployed.
Good insights Wallis!
Ultimately that’s the reason for existence for these APIs isn’t it? To abstract the complexity so that it’s more accessible for people to build apps on top