2015年第三期by OMA | Thursday, October 22, 2015
OMA Technical Plenary Chair Address – Francesco Vadalà
Welcome to the third quarterly newsletter of 2015. In this issue I would like to focus your attention to a topic that is becoming more and more relevant and that has been discussed at the last OMA meeting in September: Service Exposure and Network APIs.
In a context where operator competition is increasing and where the “OTT” phenomenon causes reduction of profitability, operators are forced into being “smarter” – finding new revenue streams by “monetizing” their data and assets. Operators have to leverage existing capabilities to provide value beyond data connectivity through enablers that represent the set of network elements characterized by functionalities, events, information and interfaces that allow the creation of added value.
APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) have quickly become mission critical for many businesses cases, and their implementation is increasing. A Network API (or NetAPI) is an API that virtualizes and exposes network functionalities made available by an operator’s infrastructure. Network APIs can be exposed internally to the operator itself, or externally to business partners or to developers. This is applicable across a range of business models such as direct to consumer and business, indirect through partners such as MVNOs, or through wholesaling services.
Network APIs are considered nowadays as the preferred tool to create value by monetizing an operator’s assets, through a cooperative approach with third parties, combining the operator’s network intelligence and functionalities with external services and content.
Exposing an API does not mean only implementing an application interface fulfilling functional requirements, but also non-functional capabilities like Authentication and Authorization, Infrastructural Policy, Business Policy, Assurance and Accounting. The “Service Exposure Framework” is the intermediation layer implementing such non-functional capabilities in order to protect the network infrastructure when deploying NetAPIs. This ensures access control and security in the communications between core network service capabilities and the entity accessing the capabilities through enforcement of policy and SLA management.
APIs are about technology, but it is what is exposed through the API that really matters, whether it is a service like ‘pay by mobile’ or ‘profile information’. APIs remove an integration barrier enabling faster and lower cost delivery, but the key challenge for operators is to focus on the customer value and business generated from using that service or information made available through an API.
OMA has defined many Network APIs, through its OMA API Program. Right now, OMA is working on defining the requirements for new APIs for “Exposing Network Capabilities to M2M”, in coordination with 3GPP. Moreover, OMA is finalizing the activity around the “OMA Service Exposure Framework”, referred to above as the intermediation layer. Look for these new OMA assets to be published on the OMA website soon!
OMA to Meet in National Harbor for the 2015 Annual General Meeting
OMA’s Annual General Meeting of 2015 will take place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C., United States. OMA will be collocating this meeting with the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA), including their 2015 mHealth Summit and Continua Winter Summit. OMA members are invited to join the 2015 mHealth Summit at a discounted rate using discount code OMA200 to receive $200 off the cost of the Full Conference Pass registration. You can learn more about the mHealth Summit and register to attend by clicking here.
This year, the Annual General Meeting will take place from November 9 to 13, with the AGM session meeting on Wednesday, November 11 at 9:00am. This meeting will also feature the Technical Plenary “Looking Forward” session, Board of Directors meeting, Working Group meetings, and a members-only social event. The Working Groups meeting face-to-face this November include: ARC, CD, COM CPM, DM, IOP, LOC, REL, and REQ, with the COM CPM group having a joint discussion with GSMA GSG. OMA members can access the full event schedule by clicking here. Registration for the November meeting in National Harbor is open until Friday, October 23. (Click here for full event information and registration link.)
OMA is excited to welcome members to National Harbor, Maryland and the Marriott Gaylord hotel. The Gaylord National resort is situated along the Potomac River amid the 300-acre National Harbor waterfront entertainment district, just steps from over 30 dining choices, endless shopping, and numerous activities including the famous Capital Wheel. The Gaylord National Resort feature a 19-story glass atrium, among it’s many other well known features, and sits just eight miles from Washington D.C. We look forward to seeing OMA members there for our next event!
The following publications from Q3 of 2015 are available at the OMA web site:
Enabler and Reference Release
Enabler and Reference Release
Enabler and Reference Release
New Work Items
The following new work items were approved during Q3 2015:
- WI 0315 – LWM2M Object Portfolio V1.0
- WI 0316 – Generic Open Terminal API V1.1
Upcoming Industry Events
Telematics West Coast
26-27 October 2015 / San Diego, California, USA
GSMA Mobile 360 Series
27-29 October 2015, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
TU – Automotive Europe
2-3 November 2015, Stuttgart, Germany
5-6 November 2015, Berlin – Germany
Apps World Africa
17-18 November 2015, Cape Town, South Africa
Apps World London
18-19 November 2015, London
IEEE Globecom 2015
6-10 December 2015, San Diego, California, USA
Sneak Peek – OMA Events Coming in January
TestFest and Seminar/Webinar
The first OMA 2016 face-to-face meeting will be held in San Diego, CA January 18-22, 2016. Not only will this meeting be co-located with the oneM2M Technical Plenary, OMA is also planning a TestFest and Seminar/Webinar to leverage the convergence of Internet of Things (IoT) and Mobile industry experts.
The TestFest will take place Monday-Thursday, January 18-21 and will be open to any company who would like to test their Lightweight M2M based client or server. During the registration process we will evaluate demand for testing additional Enablers. Registration for this event will open the first week of November 2015 and will be publicized via email and the OMA website. To be put on the mailing list for this event please contact Megan Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second event will be a seminar to be held on Thursday, January 21. The seminar will be broadcast via webinar and the topic will be ‘Bridging the gap between standards and developers in the IoT space.’ We are accepting proposals for presentations at this time. If you are interested in speaking on this topic, please contact Elizabeth Rose at email@example.com.
OMA would like to welcome the following companies who have joined during Q2 2015!
For more information on OMA membership and a complete list of OMA members, please visit http://openmobilealliance.org/membership/.