Apigee, a provider of API technology and services for enterprises and developers, has acquired the technology assets of WAC (Wholesale Applications Community), a global alliance of telecommunications companies.
The WAC acquisition is part of Apigee’s strategy to expand offerings to include complete, industry-specific solutions.
Additionally, the acquisition will let the company to deliver cross-operator APIs and cross-device mobile App platform
“WAC successfully launched API technology that has the potential to dramatically accelerate the pace of mobile app innovation across heterogeneous platforms and mobile operators. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide a global service that builds on and delivers the vision of WAC to the telecommunications industry,” said Chet Kapoor, Apigee CEO.
Apigee will integrate its API platform with WAC Payment API, which will enable customers to pay for digital goods via their operator bill.
With the WAC Payment API, developers can easily monetize their applications across a range of platforms and technologies using a reliable, cross-operator billing service that has run on the Apigee API platform.
“Since it launched earlier this year, the WAC Payment API has run on the Apigee API platform, so this move is a natural extension of our already close partnership with Apigee. And, Apigee is an industry leader with API’s and they will now build on this to deliver important solutions for all operators and developers,” said Peters Suh, CEO of WAC.
Apigee will develop and provide WAC’s mobile app platform, the Web Run Time, which enables developers to build applications that run on any device and on any operator network.
In addition to the acquisition, the GSMA has entered into a partnership with Apigee to provide Apigee’s services to the nearly 800 mobile operators who are members of GSMA.
Recently, Telefonica Digital, global business division of Telefonica, appointed Apigee as the partner for its API management platform.
Apigee’s API platform has been adopted by telecom majors such as AT&T, KT, Telenor and Vodafone.