Axiata Joins Global Telcos to Deploy GSMA Open Gateway at MWC Barcelona 2023

  • A metaverse concert was held as a proof-of-concept
  • Collaborated with AWS and signed a partnership with SK Magic

(L-R) Vikram Rao, Head of Enterprise, ASEAN, AWS; Namal Jayathilake, Chief Technology Officer, Axiata Digital Labs; Jayanth Nagarajan, Head, Telecommunications Industry, Asia Pacific & Japan, AWS; Thushera Kawdawatta, Chief Executive Officer, Axiata Digital Labs; and Haris Izmee, Managing Director, ASEAN Growth Markets, AWS.

The culmination of MWC Barcelona 2023 on 2 March 2023, saw Axiata Group joining other telcos in deploying GSMA Open Gateway. The initiative was launched on the opening day of MWC on 27 February 2023 and is supported by 21 MNOs globally.

The framework of universal network APIs is designed to provide universal access to operator networks for developers. 

At the GSMA Pavillion, Axiata showcased the Axiata Digital Concert Platform, featuring MetaStage, the Group’s first-ever metaverse concert powered by Axiata Digital Labs’ (ADL), a telco-focused software and solutions provider, through its’ Axonect Enterprise Enabler Product Suite. It was hosted by Sri Lanka’s Dialog Axiata and Indonesia’s XL Axiata. 

The proof-of-concept showcased GSMA’s Open Gateway APIs for Number Verification (SMS 2FA), Device Location, and Carrier Billing. It also highlighted services to enhance existing and new services, and how its GSMA Open Gateway-compliant Axonect Product Suite can be a tool for digital innovation and transformation.


Collaboration With AWS
Meanwhile, on 1 March, it was announced that ADL will begin providing Axonect Product Suite running on AWS. The collaboration lets ADL provide its suite of systems and tools, such as its Digital Business Support System (BSS), 5G and cloud-optimized business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) platforms, and multi-domain orchestrators on AWS. 

Communication Service Providers (CSPs) will also be better supported as they move beyond traditional connectivity to platform-based products, and services as part of an ecosystem through improved performance, an advantage in big data, and new revenue streams.


Partnership with SK Telecom for ‘ifland’
At MWC, Axiata also signed an MoU with SK Telecom (SKT) to bring in ‘ifland’, a metaverse platform developed by SKT into its markets on 28 February 2023. This lets Axiata’s subsidiaries develop metaverse platform business models and support AI-based opportunities.

The signing was represented by SKT’s CEO, Ryu Young-Sang and Axiata’s Joint Acting Group CEOs, Hans Wijayasuriya and Vivek Sood.


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