BT and a group of telco equipment vendors have completed the first phase of an application programming interface (API) specification that will open its network to software developers.
The alliance, called the Parlay Group, was established in May to define a set of specifications for a so-called open network interface. Members include Microsoft, Siemens and Nortel, plus signal software company DGM&S Telecom.
The idea is to enable independent software developers to write applications for specific market sectors to enable users to change and specify how and where they would like to receive calls. Another application could tie in telephone calls with calendaring software. The APIs will also be applicable to other telecomms networks.
Parlay Group is currently working on the second phase of the API, which will be ready by the middle of next year.
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