Let's Parlay over Open APIs

Telecoms standards group seeks developers

Telecoms standards group Parlay was in London yesterday to bang the drum for new developers. The Parlay Group sets and promotes open standard APIs to allow easy interaction between traditional IT applications and telecoms networks. The group says its standards are already allowing the development of enterprise applications and that consumer services will soon follow. Sprint and BT have already deployed enterprise applications based on the standards.

Parlay Group president Zygmunt Lozinski, told The Register: "Old value-added services created by the telcos were proprietary - they only worked on their own networks - open standards allow thousands of developers to work on them."

"For developers it means shorter and easier testing. They can download emulators so they can do the development and basic testing in their offices - it cuts the costs of getting started." Lozinski added that enterprise applications often come to market through big ISVs but consumer applications are more often created by smaller start-up firms. He said both types of firm can use Parlay standards to create services.

Marc Leclerc, chairman of Parlay Group's marketing committee, said: "We need a supply of applications. Parlay has created a single standard to enable a worldwide market, this reduces the risks for developers because it ensures a global market for their products."

Parlay Group members include: Alcatel, BT, France Telecom, IBM, Lucent, NTT, Sprint and Telecom Italia. More info on their website here. ®

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