Chinese operators join GSMA’s Open Gateway initiative

GSMA Open Gateway initiative

Chinese mobile operators China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom have joined the GSMA Open Gateway initiative, a global industry framework aimed at helping accelerate digital services and mobile apps.

In a release, telecoms industry body GSMA explained that the initiative seeks to help developers and cloud providers collaborate with mobile operators through a framework of open network Application Programmable Interfaces (APIs), designed to provide universal access to operator networks across all continents.

The GSMA believes that the initiative will enable the industry to create, enhance and bring new digital services and immersive technologies to market faster and to a wider global customer base.

China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom demonstrated their commitment to collaborate on the open network API framework at a joint signing ceremony ahead of MWC Shanghai, which will take place this week in Shanghai, China.

With these new additions, the GSMA initiative is now supported by 29 mobile network operators, representing around 60% of mobile connections worldwide.

The global initiative, which launched with eight proofs of concept in February, has already grown to 23, GSMA added. The APIs developed through early adopter programs cover different fields including device location, SIM swap to combat online financial crime as well as quality on demand to deliver more immersive gaming experiences and enable drones to carry out data intensive missions safely.

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