Sri Lanka mobile operators launch countrywide network APIs

Sri Lanka mobile operators launch countrywide network APIs

One hundred per cent country coverage achieved through GSMA Open Gateway initiative.

Sri Lanka’s mobile operator community has confirmed the commercial launch of new industry-wide network APIs, as part of the GSMA Open Gateway initiative.

All four of the countries mobile operators – Bharti Airtel Lanka (Private) Limited, Dialog Axiata PLC, Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka Ltd and SLT-Mobitel have launched three value creating APIs: One Time Password (OTP) Validation, Device Location and Carrier Billing, giving developers and enterprises a standard way to reach over 21 million Sri Lankans regardless of their network operator.

As part of the GSMA Open Gateway initiative, these APIs will be locally and globally federated – meaning

developers can reach new subscribers outside of Sri Lanka as Open Gateway coverage grows.

The initial set of APIs are pitched as having the potential to revolutionize digital adoption by Sri Lankan enterprises and developers by providing a single integration that works across all four operators in the country.

Developed in collaboration with mobile operators worldwide, GSMA Open Gateway ensures consistent, interoperable access to mobile networks through the standards based CAMARA repository.

Mats Granryd, GSMA Director General, said: “We welcome the progress and collaboration the country’s four operators have demonstrated. Asia-Pacific represents the largest mobile market in the world and this shows how, together, the industry can create, enhance and bring new digital services and immersive technologies to market faster and to a wider global customer base.”

MD/CEO of Airtel, Ashish Chandra, said: “The dedication of Airtel Lanka in joining the GSMA Open Gateway initiative is commendable and it’s great to see the industry moving in unison. While competition

refines us, it’s shared visions like this that will shape the digital destiny of Sri Lanka”.

Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive, Dialog Axiata, said: “Building on Axiata Group Berhad’s successful deployment of the GSMA Open Gateway in March 2023, Dialog Axiata is proud to be a participant in the GSMA Open Gateway initiative through our Ideamart platform capability, alongside all the other operators in Sri Lanka. This signifies a momentous leap for the industry, ushering in a new era of unparalleled digital innovation and connectivity for the nation”.

Saumitra Gupta – Acting CEO, HUTCH, said: “We are excited to be part of this GSMA global initiative of Open Gateway. We foresee this will indeed open up a new ecosystem for much broader opportunities and collaborations between network operators, developers and enterprises, and at far greater scale accelerate digital service innovations and experiences in the respective markets.”

Sudharshana Geeganage, COO, Mobitel, said: “At SLT-Mobitel, we are delighted to be part of the GSMA Open Gateway global initiative.

“We believe this a significant step in promoting open standards and enabling the operators to interconnect and collaborate in the API economy.

“This will further strengthen the developer community, which is an integral part of the API economy, by facilitating various trusted network services and thereby unlocking opportunities in the global app markets propelling digital economy forward.”

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