TM Forum, IBM create Open API lab

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Developed through a partnership with IBM and Neural Technology, the platform is hosted on IBM Cloud.

TM Forum has launched its online Open API lab “platform” that it says will accelerate service providers and suppliers’ ability to develop new applications and services.

Developed through a partnership with IBM and Neural Technology, the platform is hosted on IBM Cloud.

Leveraging TM Forum’s Open APIs, the Open API lab platform will accelerate innovation and support experimentation and prototyping of new services.

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TM Forum said that the Open API lab—which uses IBM Cloud, open source capabilities and Neural Technologies’ Optimus platform—will enable faster deployment of TM Forum’s Open APIs, as well as provide access to many open source technologies, such as Node.js, OAuth2 and Connect ID.

Additionally, the lab will have the ability to build and check the application of Open APIs in TM Forum’s proof-of-concept Catalyst projects.

Open APIs are designed to be used as a suite of APIs to maximize their benefits. Lab users will have access to an Open API component framework developed by TM Forum members which will demonstrate how the APIs can be used as a suite to manage end-to-end services as part of a flow of capabilities.

“The TM Forum Open API lab is the next step in our support for designers, architects and developers to accelerate innovation,” said Joann O’Brien, Vice President APIs & Ecosystems at TM Forum, in a release. “The Forum Open APIs enable organizations to reap the rewards of operational agility and business model innovation as it provides a great environment for experimentation and prototype development.”

Already, TM Forum’s collaborative work has continued to see results, producing a suite of over 50 Open APIs which have been used by over 670 companies and downloaded more than 22,000 times. These APIs are endorsed by 28 of the largest service providers and technology ecosystem partners and have been deployed in 27 telecommunications markets across the globe.