MWC23 Barcelona – The Power of Open APIs to Federate Cloud Networks

A Spotlight on GSMA Open Gateway

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On Wednesday 1st March 2023, GSMA was joined by leading organisations during the 5G Futures Summit at MWC23 Barcelona to explore how the GSMA Open Gateway APIs will harmonise technology, provide easy access to operator networks, and spark new service innovation across the industry.

Moderated by GSMA Head of Networks, Henry Calvert, the session was kicked off with a keynote presentation from Juan Carlos Garcia Lopez, SVP Technology Innovation and Ecosystems at Telefónica, addressing the Naas initiative of the GSMA Open Gateway APIs. Mr Lopez discussed how the initiative represents a business opportunity to generate new revenue streams, and one of the ways to better monetize investment in fiber, edge computing and 5G.

Next we took a deep dive into the evolving telco IT for 5G & future networks across the Malaysian region with Neil Tomkinson, CIO at U Mobile who explored the growing demand in this region for fixed-line data services and the continuous growth of enterprise revenue shares. Mr Tomkinson demonstrated how U Mobile is tapping into the future growth opportunities using 5G network capabilities to differentiate themselves within a highly competitive market. George Zhao, Deputy Chief Marketing Officer at Whale Cloud then took us through the successful digital transformation partnership between Whale Cloud and U Mobile using 5G networks and how Whale Cloud is supporting Telcos in preparing for 5G by overcoming certain challenges to gain the 5G momentum in the Malaysian market.

For our last keynote presentation, Nathan Rader, VP Service and Capability Exposure at Deutsche Telekom, offered an industry perspective on the benefits and value of CAMARA, the Telco Global API Alliance, exploring the role of CAMARA within the GSMA Open Gateway initiative and how CAMARA is progressing since it was launched at MWC22 Barcelona. Mr Rader discussed the objective of the open source project to standardise developer APIs to streamline innovation and increase speed to market.

The session was rounded off with an in-depth panel discussion on the benefits of open APIs to federate cloud networks, and how the edge is benefiting developers. We were joined by speakers from Axiata Digital Labs, Bridge Alliance, Deutsche Telekom, Unmanned Life and Whale Cloud during the panel discussion.

Watch the full session on-demand and contact us here to find out more about the GSMA Open Gateway initiative and how you can get involved.


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