European and Latin American operator Telefonica is to ramp up its application developer program,e on an international scale, according to a Light Reading report. The report notes that the next few months will see the company open more application programming interfaces (APIs) to developers (in an effort to encourage more involvement from third parties in the development of applications and services), driven in part by a plan to extend its use of Huawei’s service delivery platform (SDP) beyond Latin America. Telefonica reportedly plans to deploy Huawei’s SDP in Europe this year, with the first launch in the UK this month.
According to Telefonica’s website, last year its Mexican mobile operation launched the first developer platform in its Latin American markets. Telefonica notes that a “fundamental aim” for the company in 2010 is “to integrate all the local communities in a global platform that provides to developers worldwide access to the markets in which Telefonica operates.” As well as its initiatives to encourage partnerships with developers, Telefonica has also opened its own applications store in Argentina and Spain, and at the time of the Spanish launch last September it said there are plans to eventually roll it out across its entire global footprint (serving some 211 million subscribers).