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Deutsche Telekom offers network APIs through Ericsson's VonageDeutsche Telekom offers network APIs through Ericsson's Vonage

Germany's Deutsche Telekom said it will offer developers application programming interfaces (APIs) into its network through a partnership with Ericsson’s Vonage. #pressrelease

September 20, 2023

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BONN, Germany – Deutsche Telekom can today announce the commercial launch of network APIs, under the brand "MagentaBusiness API." Developers and business customers can now build apps and services which communicate seamlessly with Deutsche Telekom's network in Germany. Vonage, a global leader in cloud communications helping businesses accelerate their digital transformation and a part of Ericsson, will provide the platform for the service. The MagentaBusiness API platform powered by Vonage will serve as a "one-stop shop" for access to communications and network APIs. This allows developers and business customers to embed communication functions like video, voice, messaging and other capabilities into their products, applications, and workflows. The platform further lowers the barriers to entry for network APIs and makes the service available to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), as well as corporate customers. MagentaBusiness API will be launched as a friendly adopter program.

APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) are software interfaces that facilitate the exchange of information between computer applications. These are standard in IT. This commercial launch of network APIs, however, offers a direct interface to the Deutsche Telekom mobile network. The following three network APIs will be made available by the MagentaBusiness API Portal (powered by Vonage):

  1. Quality-on-demand

    This API allows an application to request a certain quality of service for a SIM card. Data can be transferred with stable latency or bandwidth, even under high load conditions in the network. Teleoperated driving, for example, requires low latency at all times for safety purposes. This was successfully showcased at the International Motor Show Germany together with partners from the automotive industry.

  2. Device Status – Roaming 

    The Device Status – Roaming API will be implemented to determine whether or not a device is in international roaming mode, and in which country. This has use-cases for example in credit card fraud detection, where a banking app can instantly check whether a customer is likely to be making a payment abroad.

  3. Device Location

    The network can verify the location of a SIM card within the mobile network in Germany, independent of GPS availability. One successful trial with a major logistics company saw delivery vehicles tracked and routed to the correct loading ramp of a freight plane, increasing efficiency and minimizing the risk of delay. 

    Read the full press release here.

    Deutsche Telekom

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