With WAC’s demise carriers look for API alternatives


The Wholesale Application Community may be defunct, but some hope of accomplishing WAC’s original mission – building a common set of mobile network APIs for developers – seems to remain. Other standards bodies are trying to pick up where WAC left off, and individual carriers are looking at private companies to do the work they couldn’t accomplish as a group.

Leap Wireless(s leap), which operates the Cricket Communications prepaid carrier, has tapped Aepona to provide it with a managed API platform. Belfast, U.K.,-based Aepona plays two roles. First, it simplifies carriers’ complex and proprietary network APIs for billing, location and presence and exposes them to developers in a much easier-to-use format. Second, it handles the nitty-gritty of developer recruitment, relations and support – tasks that are not exactly the carriers’ forte.

On the standards front, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) has grabbed the baton dropped by…

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