WSO2.Telco, the Axiata-WSO2 Joint Venture, Will Power Mobile Authentication Services for 800 Million-Plus Consumers Served by Six of India’s Leading Mobile Operators.
A joint venture between WSO2 Inc. and the Axiata Digital venture of Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata), WSO2.Telco is a radical new open source platform for digital enablement. Built by Axiata’s digital services unit, Axiata Digital Services Sdn Bhd (AD) and its Sri Lankan operating company, Dialog Axiata PLC (Dialog), and based on the powerful open source WSO2 middleware, WSO2.Telco is a breakthrough cloud-ready solution that enables mobile network operators (MNOs) to easily establish an agile collaboration layer with Web-centric APIs. The platform represents a new milestone in agility and scalability, allowing telcos to expose, manage and orchestrate multiple network services at a fraction of the cost of legacy systems.
The venture announced that India’s six leading mobile network operators (MNOs) are using the WSO2.Telco digital enablement hub to deliver the GSMA Mobile Connect mobile-based authentication solution.
Together the MNOs, which include Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Idea, Tata Teleservices Ltd, Telenor and Vodafone, serve more than 800 million consumers across India.
The solution delivers unprecedented ease of use for mobile users, who can securely access a range of websites, apps and services by using their unique mobile numbers for identification. It also marks a new milestone of collaboration among the six MNOs in India, who worked together with the GSMA and WSO2.Telco to implement a cloud-based hub that would deliver a consistent mobile authentication experience to all of their mobile subscribers.
“GSMA’s Mobile Connect solution is empowering mobile operators to drive the next generation of digital identity where users gain control over their own data. That is why, from the start, we have made Mobile Connect a core offering of our WSO2.Telco digital enablement hub for MNOs,” said Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, CEO of WSO2.Telco. “With the launch of the hub for six of India’s leading MNOs, we are significantly expanding the reach of Mobile Connect to mobile consumers, and we now power more than 40% of the 2.5 billion Mobile Connect-enabled users worldwide.”
Today more than 42 operators in 22 countries are implementing Mobile Connect that enables customers to create and manage a digital universal identity via a single login solution. Among them are MNOs of Axiata, one of Asia’s largest telecommunications companies and a pioneer with the world’s first commercial launch of Mobile Connect in late 2014.
“We are excited to extend our support for GSMA and the Mobile Connect authentication solution, which enhances the user experience and security in accessing websites and applications—without the need for multiple passwords or usernames,” said Mohd Khairil Abdullah, CEO of Axiata Digital. “Through our investments in advanced next-generation platforms, such as WSO2.Telco in India and soon other countries, we are committed to further accelerating the pace of global adoption for Mobile Connect and other similar services for our subscribers and other MNO customers, as well as service providers.”