Telstra Teams up with Vonage, a part of Ericsson, for APIs

Vonage and Telstra partner for advanced network APIs
Australian communications provider, Telstra, has partnered up with Vonage, a subsidiary of Ericsson, to advance network API digitalisation opportunities

Vonage and Telstra have signed a memorandum of understanding to advance network Application Programming Interfaces digitalisation opportunities across Australia’s enterprise sector.

The agreement introduces Telstra’s network APIs to the Vonage platform, offering developers the chance to leverage network capabilities to create applications that are both creative and sophisticated, which will ensure a more enjoyable customer experience. 

Vonage and Telstra driving innovation in communications

Vonage was founded in 2001 and in 2022 became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ericsson. From its headquarters in New Jersey, Vonage aims to make communication intelligent and yet personal, with all of the flexibility needed in 2004. Vonage provides unified communications, contact centres and programmable communications APIs, on its cloud communications platform. 

Telstra is an Australian communications service provider, founded in 1901 and headquartered in Sydney, which aims to deliver the best technology, on the best network.

Telstra has strong climate objectives, including sourcing renewable energy equivalent to 100% of its consumption by 2025. The company featured in our Top 10: Sustainable Telecommunications Companies, after agreeing on the development of a solar farm in Queensland, which will secure up to 153 GWh per annum of renewable energy output to the grid, reflecting a significant investment worth US$130m. 

Vonage and Telstra will invest and collaborate on:
  • Existing APIs, such as Silent Authentication
  • New APIs, like slicing, edge computing, fraud and spam protections and network analytical insights
  • The two will continue to explore the integration of Telstra’s APIs with Vonage’s API platform.

Empowering innovation across Vonage, Ericsson and Telstra

This new partnership will advance fresh opportunities for Vonage across APAC. Niklas Heuveldop is the Vonage CEO and Head of Business Area Global Communications Platform at Ericsson. He said that by combining Vonage’s API platform with Ericsson’s 5G network capabilities and with Telstra’s network APIs, the partnership would be able to provide developers with what they need to build secure, reliable and engaging solutions. 

“Together with frontrunner service providers like Telstra, we are driving an open ecosystem for exponential innovation that will enable the development of new applications that transform how enterprises operate and engage with customers, while monetising the network,” he said. 

“We see this partnership with Vonage as one of a variety of ways we can evolve and build a thriving ecosystem around our network product,” added Kim Krogh Anderson, Telstra’s Group Executive for Product and Technology. “Opening up new avenues for connectivity to be consumed will lead to new monetisation opportunities – in the same way hyperscalers monetise computers on their cloud as a platform. This is just one of the ways we’re addressing the Business-to-Business (B2B2X) developer market opportunity.”

In separate ventures, Ericsson and T-Mobile are driving sustainability standards forward. David Hammarwall, Head of Customer Unit for T-Mobile at Ericsson, told us that he has just one goal to achieve with Ericsson’s telecom partner.

“We aim to reach Net Zero across our entire value chain by 2040, and we’re backing that up with a solid roadmap to get there,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Ericsson and NETSCOUT are exploring the future of 5G monetisation for the telecoms industry. Katherine Ainley, CEO of Ericsson UK & Ireland & Ted Curtis, was voted one of Technology Magazine's Top 100 Women in Technology. She spoke with Mobile Magazine to discuss the future - and present - of 5G monetisation.

"We’re at the forefront of research and development, helping to define mobile standards, delivering industry leading 5G technology and working with operators to develop new business models and services that can provide opportunities for revenue growth.  


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