OMA APIs Standardize Access to Unique Resources within Operator Networks
The OMA API program provides standardized interfaces to the service infrastructure residing within communication networks and on devices. Focused primarily between the service access layer and generic network capabilities, OMA API specifications allow operators and other service providers to expose device capabilities and network resources in an open and programmable way—to any developer community independent of the development platform. By deploying OMA APIs, fundamental capabilities such as SMS, MMS, Location Services, Payment and other core network assets are now exposed in a standardized way. This reduces development cost and time-to-market for new applications and services, as well as simplifying wider deployment of existing applications and services.
- OMA APIs expose the network assets that developers need—no matter what protocols, platforms or other APIs they use.
- Core network assets must be made available in order to deploy the wide variety of new applications and services that enter the market every day.
- The OMA set of APIs increases the portability of applications and services in order to reach the subscriber base of operators and service providers that deploy OMA APIs.
- As the number of APIs that perform the same functionality proliferate, fragmentation occurs. This limits developer access to subscribers, and operator and service providers’ choices of development platforms and communities. The OMA API Program, through standardization, solves this problem.