On Monday the 1st of December, to relatively little fanfare, 3 Australia announced the launched their Telco API based upon the OCSG (Oracle’s Communication Services Gatekeeper). 3 yet again demonstrates its innovation leadership. The 3API is initially focused upon charging, enabling customers to purchase services from third party providers (e.g. Nokia N-Gage games) and use their mobile bill or prepaid credit to pay. The 3API is set of interfaces and a framework (ParlayX) that securely connects approved third parties to 3.
Initially the 3API is focused upon simplifying the way third parties are able to charge for their content and services. However, with the platform in place other capabilities can quickly be added to the 3API. The next critical step is for 3 Australia to implement the processes that enable third party applications and services is get direct early adopter customer access to let the market, rather than the operator, decide on application success. This requires the 3 Developer Programme evolve to address the issues discussed in previous weblog articles on Open Innovation and Application Developer Needs and Application Developer Needs Part 2.