TM Forum has launched an online Open API lab that it hopes will push operators to develop new applications and digital services.

Developed in partnership with IBM and Neural Technologies, the lab is hosted on the IBM Cloud and features Neural’s Optimus platform as well as access to open source technologies.

The industry body said the lab would enable operators to deploy its more than 50 Open APIs, which cover the likes of billing, loyalty, onboarding, privacy and service quality.

To date they have been deployed in 27 telecoms markets around the world.

Joann O’Brien, Vice President APIs & Ecosystems at TM Forum, said: “The TM Forum Open API lab is the next step in our support for designers, architects and developers to accelerate innovation. 

“The Forum Open APIs enable organisations to reap the rewards of operational agility and business model innovation as it provides a great environment for experimentation and prototype development.”

Steve Canepa, Managing Director, Global Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment Industry at IBM, added: "As communication service providers look to digitally reinvent their businesses and to support rapidly increasing network demands, APIs and microservices are combining with cloud as the platform for digital innovation.”

Kai Sui, CEO of Neural Technologies, said: “We believe that the TM Forum Open API Lab initiative will play a key part in digital transformation strategies.”

Earlier this year, TM Forum CEO Nik Willetts told European Communications that a problem with many digital transformation projects were that they were siloed.

“To really seize the opportunities ahead of us as an industry, we need to deal with the agility problem,” he said.

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