Sri Lanka’s MNOs launch industry-wide APIs

21 November 2023

Sri Lanka's mobile operators - Bharti Airtel Lanka, Dialog Axiata, Hutchison Telecommunications, and SLT-Mobitel – have jointly launched new industry-wide network APIs as part of the GSMA Open Gateway initiative, designed to help developers and businesses accelerate the growth of digital services and apps.

The operators have prioritized three APIs: One Time Password (OTP) Validation, Device Location, and Carrier Billing. These APIs offer developers and enterprises a standardised way to reach over 21 million Sri Lankans, regardless of network operator.

Through these APIs and the GSMA Open Gateway Initiative, developers have the potential to reach new subscribers beyond Sri Lanka as the Open Gateway Coverage expands. The initial set of APIs is set to revolutionise digital adoption in Sri Lanka by offering a single integration that works across all four operators in the country, as stated in the announcement.

The GSMA Open Gateway empowers developers globally to create innovative services by accessing network resources. Developed in collaboration with mobile operators worldwide, the framework ensures consistent, interoperable access to mobile networks through the standards-based CAMARA repository, a Linux Foundation project.

This initiative now includes more than 36 mobile operator groups, representing 214 mobile networks and covering 60% of mobile connections worldwide.