CAMARA Alliance – Access to 4G/5G network capabilities through APIs

How to access 4G/5G network capabilities, implement vertical industry use cases across countries and networks, & provide a good experience?
CAMARA Alliance - Access to 4G/5G network capabilities through APIs | 5G Magazine

What Were the Challenges?

Once the use cases are successfully validated, some of the challenges that the industry needs to address include:

  • Implementation of the use case across telco networks and countries, including application portability
  • Accelerate technology development and commercial adoption of the use cases in partnership with the automotive industry
  • Provide seamless and tailored customer experience
  • Fulfill data privacy and regulatory requirements

How Are you mitigating the challenges?

CAMARA – The Telco Global API Alliance

CAMARA project was launched early this year to mitigate the above challenges. The goal of the project is to enable seamless access to 4G/5G network capabilities through APIs. 4G/5G functions let you extract information from the network and set it up. These capabilities’ on-demand, secure, and controlled exposure will enable operators to build service enablement platforms that allow for the integration of applications with networks and the provision of better customer experiences in the 5G era.

Abstraction from Network APIs to Service APIs is necessary: To hide telco complexity making APIs easy to consume for customers with no telco expertise (user-friendly APIs) To fulfill data privacy and regulatory requirements To facilitate application to network integration.

Availability across telco networks and countries is necessary: To ensure a seamless customer experience To accelerate technology development and commercial adoption (minimize implementation effort) To accelerate education and promotion To support application portability.

CAMARA is an open-source project within Linux Foundation to define, develop and test APIs. CAMARA collaborates with the GSMA Operator Platform Group to align API requirements and publish API definitions and APIs. CAMARA is closely aligned with standardization organizations like TMForum or ETSI MEC.

Harmonization of APIs is achieved through fast and agile created working code with developer-friendly documentation. API definitions and reference implementations are free to use (Apache2.0 license). For more information or to get involved, go to gsma.com/camara and camaraproject.org.

CAMARA Scope | Telco APIs

From a functional perspective, the scope is limited to telco APIs, which means APIs in the domain of telco mobile networks, telco fixed-line networks, or supporting these.

Thereby the focus is on the northbound interface (between telco operator and aggregator or capability consumer). To enable API roaming also the east-/westbound interface (telco operator to telco operator) is considered.

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