TM Forum launches Open API lab to boost application innovation

James Pearce
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TM Forum's net Open API lab will leverage IBM Cloud and Neural Technologies' Optimus platform to help service providers and suppliers develop new applications and services

The TM Forum has partnered with IBM and Neural Technologies to launch an online Open API lab aimed at accelerating innovation for service providers and suppliers through the development of new applications and services.

The new platform will provide an environment where uses can “learn, innovate and develop applications and new digital services”, TM Forum said, and will be hosted on IBM Cloud.

It leverages open source capabilities and Neural’s Optimus platform to enable faster deployment of TM Forum’s Open APIs, whilst also offering access to a number of open source technologies.

Kai Sui, CEO of Neural Technologies, commented: “We believe that the TM Forum Open API Lab initiative will play a key part in digital transformation strategies, and that the Optimus Platform from Neural Technologies will drive enterprises into achieving complete digitization of their business.”

TM Forum claims its Open APIs have been proven to reduce operational expenditure through increased reuse, creating a more agile business where innovation can thrive.

TM Forum has produced a suite of 50+ Open APIs which have been used by over 670 companies and downloaded more than 22,000 times.

Nik Willetts, CEO of TM Forum, said: “TM Forum members are on a journey of digital transformation, and we support them by providing the tools and services that they need to culturally and technically transform their business in order to grow.  The Open API lab will help our members to accelerate their digital transformation strategy.”

"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," added Steve Canepa, managing director, global telecommunications, media & entertainment industry, IBM.

"The IBM Cloud, secure to the core and built to enable agile enterprises, allows CSPs to have access to a rich set of platform services and AI that can be combined with the TMForum Open APIs to speed the development of new digital services and the modernization of existing applications.