Alcatel-Lucent has expanded its Open API Service with a group of new “bundled APIs” that combine third-party and service provider elements to create functional building blocks with a more application-oriented slant. The first offering is a trio of bundles designed for social applications, including things like social gaming, advertising, virtual goods, location services and credit card applications.
We think this is a very important announcement because it represents a willingness of Alcatel-Lucent to promote APIs independent of the standards efforts. Virtually none of the over-the-top player APIs are standardized, though they (like Alcatel-Lucent’s) are based on Web/REST principles and XML templates. For operators to secure a place in the services market for smart devices, they will need to be more agile, and will need agile service APIs to promote that. This is also the first set of “provider-service-layer” APIs that have been published openly by a vendor. We’re watching this program with interest; it could prove significant.