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Publication Open Telco Ecosystem
Internet companies have utilized the benefits of open innovation and open APIs for a long time, but mobile operators are just entering the open domain with a concept referred here as Open Telco. This paper investigates how open APIs can be applied to mobile networks in order to transform them from a one-sided into a two-sided platform where new business models can be utilized. The Open Telco concept creates a new ecosystem that offers completely novel services for end users. The main characteristics of the service, mobile and Open Telco ecosystems are reviewed. The Open Telco ecosystem must meet a few prerequisites for being successful. First of all, the service must have at least national coverage to gain positive network effects. Secondly, developers want innovative pricing schema and on the other hand, regulation must be reviewed to allow novel payment services. Thirdly, the open APIs must accumulate a positive business case to the service providers, the operators. The discussion section summarizes the Open Telco ecosystem evaluation, expresses the limitations and proposes the next steps. Finally, conclusions are drawn.
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