Telecom API Market Outlook and Forecasts 2017 - 2022

Date: April 1, 2017
Pages: 172
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Telecom API Market Outlook and Forecasts 2017 - 2022
The telecommunications Application Programming Interface (API) marketplace has significantly matured in recent years. While some expectations have not yet been realized, such as carrier branded application stores, B2B revenue to third-parties such as OTT providers continues to provide wholesale services revenue growth for traditional Communication Service Providers (CSP). However, much of Telecom API opportunity has been limited to larger carriers in developed countries. There remains a lucrative opportunity for both smaller CSPs and larger carriers in developing countries.

This latest study builds upon five years of Telecom API research from Mind Commerce. During this period, we have seen network operators leverage APIs to derive wholesale transaction revenue as well as communication-enabled application revenue. We have also seen a significant amount of use for internal carrier services such as customer relationship management. Incremental growth opportunities for CSPs include a variety of services and application support such as Robo Call Blocking (associated with Do Not Call Registry and Telephone Consumer Protection Act compliance in the United States) as well as Unwanted Call blocking services in general.

However, Mind Commerce sees a general flattening of the growth curve for traditional consumer centric and handset oriented services supported by Telecom APIs. Longer term, Telecom API growth will come from new networks such as those cellular and non-cellular WANs supporting the Internet of Things (IoT). Mind Commerce sees communication-enabled application revenue plateauing while IoT network-support revenue becoming a more substantial revenue component for Telecom APIs by 2025.

Telecom API Market Outlook and Forecasts 2017 – 2022 provides an in-depth assessment of the global Telco APIs market, including business models, value chain analysis, operator strategies and a quantitative assessment of the industry from 2017 to 2022. All purchases of Mind Commerce reports includes time with an expert analyst who will help you link key findings in the report to the business issues you're addressing. This needs to be used within three months of purchasing the report.

Select Report Findings:
  • Non-IoT Telecom API revenue seen leveling off by 2022
  • Telecom API revenue is forecast to reach $207 billion globally by 2022
  • IoT to significantly add to Telecom API revenue for wireless carriers by 2025
  • Unwanted Call blocking a developing area for carriers to leverage Telecom APIs
  • OTT providers continue to lead the way in terms of wholesale revenue for carriers
  • Enterprise to represent an important customer base as they leverage their own data
Target Audience:
  • Telecom API providers
  • Application developers
  • Data services companies
  • Mobile network operators
  • Integrated ICT service providers
  • Enterprise companies of all types

1.1 Executive Summary
1.2 Topics Covered
1.3 Key Findings
1.4 Target Audience


2.1 Defining Network APIs
2.2 Business Drivers for CSPs to Leverage APIs
  2.2.1 Need for New Revenue Sources
  2.2.2 B2B Services and Asymmetric Business Models
  2.2.3 Emerging Need for IoT Mediation
2.3 Telecom API Categories
  2.3.1 WebRTC
  2.3.2 SMS and RCS-E
  2.3.3 Presence
  2.3.4 MMS
  2.3.5 Location
  2.3.6 Payments
  2.3.7 Voice/Speech
  2.3.8 Voice Control
  2.3.9 Multimedia Voice Control
  2.3.10 M2M
  2.3.11 SDM/Identity Management
  2.3.12 Subscriber Profile
  2.3.13 QoS
  2.3.14 ID/SSO
  2.3.15 Content Delivery
  2.3.16 Hosted UC
  2.3.17 Directory
  2.3.18 Number Provisioning
  2.3.19 USSD
  2.3.20 Billing of Non-Digital Goods
  2.3.21 Advertising
  2.3.22 Collaboration
  2.3.23 IVR/Voice Store
2.4 Telecom API Business Models
  2.4.1 Three Business Model Types Model One Model Two Model Three
  2.4.2 The Asymmetric Business Model
  2.4.3 Exposing APIs to Developers
  2.4.4 Web Mash-ups
2.5 Segmentation
  2.5.1 Users by Segment
  2.5.2 Workforce Management
2.6 Competitive Issues
  2.6.1 Reduced TCO
  2.6.2 Open APIs
  2.6.3 Configurability
2.7 Applications that use APIs
2.8 Telecom API Revenue Potential
  2.8.1 Standalone API Revenue vs. API enabled Revenue
  2.8.2 Telecom API-enabled Mobile VAS Applications
  2.8.3 Carrier Focus on Telecom API’s for the Enterprise
2.9 Telecom API Usage by Industry Segment
2.10 Telecom API Value Chain
  2.10.1 Telecom API Value Chain
  2.10.2 How the Value Chain Evolve
  2.10.3 API Transaction Value Split among Players
2.11 API Transaction Cost by Type
2.12 Volume of API Transactions


3.1 Role of API Aggregators
3.2 Total Cost of Operation with API Aggregators
  3.2.1 Start-up Costs
  3.2.2 Transaction Costs
  3.2.3 Ongoing Maintenance/Support
  3.2.4 Professional Services by Intermediaries
3.3 Aggregator API Usage by Category
  3.3.1 API Aggregator Case Study
  3.3.2 Aggregation: Intersection of Two Big Needs
  3.3.3 The Case for Other API Categories
  3.3.4 Moving Towards New Business Models


4.1 Data as a Service (DaaS)
  4.1.1 Carrier Structured and Unstructured Data
  4.1.2 Carrier Data Management in DaaS
  4.1.3 Data Federation in the DaaS Ecosystem
4.2 API Market Makers
  4.2.1 mashape
  4.2.2 Mulesoft
4.3 New Type of Application Marketplace
  4.3.1 Communications-enabled App Marketplace
  4.3.2 CAM Market Opportunities and Challenges


5.1 Monetization of Communications-enabled Apps
  5.1.1 Direct API Revenue
  5.1.2 Data Monetization
  5.1.3 Cost Savings
  5.1.4 Higher Usage
  5.1.5 Churn Reduction
5.2 Use Case Issues
  5.2.1 Security
  5.2.2 Interoperability


6.1 Carrier Market Strategy and Positioning
  6.1.1 API Investment Stabilization
  6.1.2 Carriers, APIs, and OTT
  6.1.3 Leveraging Subscriber Data and APIs
  6.1.4 Telecom API Standards
  6.1.5 Telecom APIs and Enterprise
6.2 Global Network Operator API Programs
  6.2.1 AT&T Mobility
  6.2.2 Verizon Wireless
  6.2.3 Vodafone
  6.2.4 France Telecom
  6.2.5 Telefonica
6.3 Carriers and Internal Telecom API Usage
  6.3.1 The Case for Internal Usage
  6.3.2 Internal Telecom API Use Cases
6.4 Carriers and OTT Service Providers
  6.4.1 Allowing OTT Providers to Manage Applications
  6.4.2 Carriers Lack the Innovative Skills to Capitalize on APIs Alone
6.5 Carriers and Value-added Services
  6.5.1 Role and Importance of VAS
  6.5.2 The Case for Carrier Communication-enabled VAS
  6.5.3 Challenges and Opportunities for Carriers in VAS


7.1 A Critical Asset to Developers
7.2 Stimulating the Growth of API Releases
7.3 Working alongside Carrier Programs
7.4 Developer Preferences: Google vs Carriers


8.1 Positioning as Enablers in the Value Chain
8.2 Moving Away from a Box/Product Supplier Strategy


9.1 Telecom API Revenue 2017 - 2022
9.2 Telecom API Revenue by Category 2017 – 2022
  9.2.1 Messaging API Revenues
  9.2.2 LBS API Revenues
  9.2.3 SDM API Revenues
  9.2.4 Payment API Revenues
  9.2.5 IoT API Revenues
  9.2.6 Other API Revenues
9.3 Telecom API Revenue by Region 2017 - 2022
  9.3.1 Asia Pacific
  9.3.2 Eastern Europe
  9.3.3 Latin & Central America
  9.3.4 Middle East & Africa
  9.3.5 North America
  9.3.6 Western Europe


10.1 Service Oriented Architecture
10.2 Software Defined Networks
10.3 Virtualization
  10.3.1 Network Function Virtualization
  10.3.2 Virtualization beyond Network Functions
10.4 Internet of Things
  10.4.1 IoT Definition
  10.4.2 IoT Technologies
  10.4.3 IoT Applications
  10.4.4 IoT Solutions
  10.4.5 IoT, DaaS, and APIs
10.5 IoT WANs and Telecom APIs
  10.5.1 Cellular IoT WAN
  10.5.2 Non-Cellular IoT WAN
  10.5.1 Cellular vs. Non-Cellular IoT WAN Telecom API Needs
  10.5.2 Telecom APIs for IoT a $20B Opportunity by 2025


11.1 Telecom API Definitions
11.2 More on Telecom APIs and DaaS
  11.2.1 Tiered Data Focus
  11.2.2 Value-based Pricing
  11.2.3 Open Development Environment
  11.2.4 Specific Strategies Service Ecosystem and Platforms Bringing to Together Multiple Sources for Mash-ups Developing Value-added Services as Proof Points Open Access to all Entities including Competitors Prepare for Big Opportunities with the Internet of Things (IoT)
11.3 Monetizing IoT APIs
  11.3.1 IoT API Business Models
  11.3.2 Peer Support of Platforms, Devices, and Gateways
  11.3.3 Supporting the API Developer Community
  11.3.4 Data and Database Transactions


Figure 1: Wireless Carrier Assets
Figure 2: Telecom API: Standalone vs. Finished Services
Figure 3: RCS and Telecom API Integration
Figure 4: RCS Revenue Forecast
Figure 5: Business vs. Consumer Telecom API Focus
Figure 6: Enterprise Dashboard
Figure 7: Enterprise Dashboard App Example
Figure 8: Telecom API Value Chain
Figure 9: API Transaction Value by Type
Figure 10: API Transaction Costs
Figure 11: Volume of API Transactions for a Tier 1 Carrier 2017 - 2022
Figure 12: Cloud Services and APIs
Figure 13: GSMA OneAPI: Benefits to Stakeholders
Figure 14: AT&T Wireless API Catalog
Figure 15: Verizon Wireless API Program
Figure 16: France Telecom (Orange) APIs
Figure 17: Telefonica APIs
Figure 18: Carrier Internal Use of Telecom APIs
Figure 19: Telecom API Revenue 2017 – 2022
Figure 20: Telecom API Revenue by Category 2017 – 2022
Figure 21: Messaging APIs Revenue 2017 – 2022
Figure 22: LBS APIs Revenue 2017 – 2022
Figure 23: SDM APIs Revenue 2017 – 2022
Figure 24: Payment APIs Revenue 2017 – 2022
Figure 25: IoT API Revenue 2017 – 2022
Figure 26: API Revenue for Other Categories 2017 – 2022
Figure 27: Telecom API Revenue by Region 2017 – 2022
Figure 28: Telecom API Revenue Asia Pacific 2017 – 2022
Figure 29: Telecom API Revenue Eastern Europe 2017 – 2022
Figure 30: Telecom API Revenue Latin & Central America 2017 – 2022
Figure 31: Telecom API Revenue Middle East and Africa 2017 – 2022
Figure 32: Telecom API Revenue North America 2017 – 2022
Figure 33: Telecom API Revenue Western Europe 2017 – 2022
Figure 34: Services Oriented Architecture
Figure 35: Growth of Connected Devices
Figure 36: IoT and Future Telecom API Topology
Figure 37: 3GPP IoT Proposals for LTE, Narrowband and 5G Network
Figure 38: LoRaWAN Network Architecture
Figure 39: Cellular vs. Non-Cellular IoT WAN Comparison
Figure 40: Different Data Types and Functions in DaaS
Figure 41: Ecosystem and Platform Model
Figure 42: Telecom API and Internet of Things Mediation
Figure 43: DaaS and IoT Mediation
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