WSO2 Inc. and Axiata Group Berhad has launched ‘WSO2.Telco’, an open source platform for digital enablement for the mobile network operator community.
Built by Axiata’s digital services unit, Axiata Digital Services (ADS) and its Sri Lankan operating company, Dialog Axiata PLC (Dialog), and based on the powerful open source WSO2 middleware, WSO2.Telco is a breakthrough cloud-ready solution that enables mobile network operators (MNOs) to easily establish an agile collaboration layer with Web-centric APIs.
The platform represents a new milestone in agility and scalability, allowing telcos to expose, manage and orchestrate multiple network services at a fraction of the cost of legacy systems. WSO2.Telco debuted at Mobile World Congress 2015, running March 2-5, 2015 at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona.
“Why open source? Telcos must adapt and evolve. Open sourcing WSO2.Telco will allow MNOs to establish a new collaboration layer that enables friction-free interoperability and partnership. A great example is the huge opportunity Mobile Connect represents if telcos act together.”
Highlights of WSO2.Telco are:
• Built by telco experts on WSO2’s industry-leading modular technology
• Developer friendly APIs and powerful orchestration
• Industry-standard security, authentication, entitlement, and governance
• Mobile Connect identity server capabilities out of the box
• Multiple telco APIs and legacy adaptors ready to go
• Telco-driven roadmap addressing key growth areas, such as data and the Internet of Things (IoT)
• Horizontally scalable with cloud, on-premises and hybrid options
• Freely available under the Apache 2.0 Licence for testing and innovation
• Robust commercial support agreements
WSO2.Telco: Designed for Today’s MNOs
WSO2.Telco is an open source cloud-ready smart exchange that enables mobile network operators to interoperate easily and securely—via Web-centric APIs—with diverse services in the mobile Internet ecosystem. Based on powerful open source WSO2 middleware, WSO2.Telco enables operators to build and leverage partnerships in the Internet space rapidly, at minimal cost of entry, minus the process constraints that commonly stifle integration projects.
WSO2.Telco is comprised of the essential building blocks for enabling an interoperable ecosystem to be built at the single-operator, country, regional and global levels. WSO2.Telco, deployed as an on-premises gateway within a MNO ecosystem, provides a one-stop platform for telco integration, identity, API management and much more. Integrations to southbound telco services are quick and easy via pre-built adaptors. The underlying orthogonal toolset of the WSO2 middleware platform enables telcos to expand into newer domains, such as IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) seamlessly.
WSO2.Telco, deployed as a cloud gateway, provides the above capabilities along with the ability to build a federated telco solution that forms a bigger telco ecosystem involving MNOs, aggregators, partners, application developers, and other cloud gateways. Utilizing WSO2’s cloud and platform as a service (PaaS) capabilities, the cloud gateway deployment enables multi-operator aggregation, discovery, routing and interconnectivity of services. It also aggregates services exposed by other hubs through gateways and via direct connections from mobile network operators. Additionally, it provides a single point of integration for enterprises and service providers, as well as comprehensive administration, rating and reporting.
The modular WSO2.Telco enables an extensive variety of use cases. Customers, partners, and internal and external systems and services can be quickly integrated in a connected, adaptive and collaborative business ecosystem. Significantly, WSO2.Telco is GSMA Mobile Connect ready. As a result, MNOs can easily start with a cloud or on-premises Mobile Connect identity server and then grow the system to encompass state-of-the-art API management and orchestration for use cases ranging from billing to advertising, e-money, e-health, e-government, M2M and more.
The open source WSO2.Telco platform is backed by experienced telco development and DevOps teams along with WSO2’s global capabilities supporting large-scale enterprise platforms. In addition, the development team is working closely with various technology partners and will be announcing selected global systems integrator and managed services partners to enable rapid deployment of this groundbreaking platform.
WSO2.Telco: Built on Proven Success
WSO2.Telco builds on technologies first applied to the successful API-driven solution developed at Dialog, and Axiata’s recently launched Mobile Internet & Fulfillment Exchange (MIFE), which connects all Axiata OpCos to a central hub, both powered by WSO2 middleware. The overall solution deployed in Sri Lanka has generated huge interest from thousands of developers whose products and services offered to Dialog’s 9 million customers have realized a new revenue stream, which is growing 20% every month.
Anthony Rodrigo, CIO of Dialog Axiata Group, said, “Two years ago my team started building what is now WSO2.Telco on top of WSO2’s core platform. The decision was simple. Why re-invent the wheel, why pay over the odds to do it? The result: we have dramatically reduced our costs while increasing our agility. In turn, this has opened up myriad business opportunities. Axiata has integrated the whole group in nine months from scratch, and our IT organization can now work as fast as any external partners we want to engage. Better still, our internal teams are now asking for our APIs.”
Rodrigo continued, “Why open source? Telcos must adapt and evolve. Open sourcing WSO2.Telco will allow MNOs to establish a new collaboration layer that enables friction-free interoperability and partnership. A great example is the huge opportunity Mobile Connect represents if telcos act together.”
Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, WSO2 founder, CEO and chief architect, said, “In today’s connected world, APIs play a pivotal role in enabling telcos to extend relationships with partners and customers across the mobile Internet and drive new business models. Working with Axiata has enabled the creation of a platform specifically designed to support the needs of the telco industry, which significantly reduces the time to launch an API-driven platform into the market and derive value from it. Built on our powerful, award-winning platform, WSO2.Telco provides a compelling solution that is effectively built by telcos for telcos, which will be supported by a dedicated team of telco experts.”