Web & Telecommunications @ W3C
Shaping the future of telecommunication
Telecommunication service providers and network equipment providers have long been critical actors in the deployment of Web technologies to the public at large.
The convergence of Web and mobile industries is now fully in march, driven by the convergence of the underlying technologies to IP-based systems.
As the Web platform matures, it brings richer and richer capabilities to service providers to extend their existing services to new users and devices, and to propose new and innovative services to their subscribers.
In developed markets, voice and messaging revenues are set on a path of decline; service providers have already started to take their first steps toward their digital pivot, where they can provide additional services to their subscribers at a lower cost. The Web platform is the most open platform on which these new digital services can be built, and its recent extension to real-time communication, payments and Internet-of-Things mark it as a critical component of any digital strategy for service providers.
In developing markets, mobile networks are the primary and often unique Internet connectivity available to the vast majority of users, bringing vast opportunities for operators to serve as enablers of a new episode in the IT boom.
WebRTC reshaping the communication landscape
“To influence the evolution of WebRTC, mobile operators must be ready to advocate in the standard bodies, such as IETF and W3C” — GSMA Whitepaper, “WebRTC to complement IP Communication Services”.
Web Real-Time Communications
Operators have long been restricted to provide their communication services on a particular device factor (a handset), on a specific network (theirs).
The number of connected devices their subscribers own and operates is exploding, and they want their communications capabilities to follow their usage.
WebRTC reshapes the whole communication landscape by making any connected device a potential communication end-point, bringing audio and video communications anywhere, on any network. This vastly expands the ability of operators to reach their customers.
Web as a value-added services enabler
Web application developers need all the tools they can get to create smooth user experiences.
Operators have precious assets that the millions of Web apps developers are ready to exploit: user billing, identity management, real-time notifications.
By exposing these capabilities as built-in features in Web browsers via its work on Web Payments, , Web RTC and Push notifications, W3C dramatically expands the number of potential adopters of operators value-added services.
Identity & Authentication
Operators already play a strong role in acting as a relay for identity verification and authentication.
As the world is moving away from passwords, the W3C work on Web Authentication opens up new opportunities for operators to help their users in managing their digital transactions.
The workshop on Strong Authentication and Identity looked at how existing work on payments, authentication, credentials and upcoming work around decentralized identity systems intersect.
The Web, the Open Platform for Mobile
“What we believe is that the third platform will be the Web, not a proprietary one” — Carlos Domingo, Director of Product Development and Innovation for Telefónica Digital.
Web & Networks
Fifth generation networks (5G) are intended provide higher bandwidth, lower latency and better coverage than today’s 4G networks. Improvements to both the physical network and its control plane are expected to make the network more reactive, flexible, and with better performances, and enable better cooperation among its end points.
In parallel, transport protocols are providing more and more options to optimize performance of applications and networks alike.
To take advantage of this program, the application layer must also be up to the task, and the network and application layers will need to cooperate better.
The Web5G Workshop started exploring how and where the mechansisms for that collaboration would happen - the W3C Advisory Committee is reviewing the charter for a dedicated Interest Group to steer work further in that direction.
WebRTC Next Version
The WebRTC Working Group has released WebRTC 1.0 as a Candidate Recommendation and has started work on WebRTC “Next Version”, offering a unique opportunities for bringing to the table new use cases, applying lessons from existing WebRTC services and products.
Web Payments & Operators
In many markets, telecommunication operators also act as payment providers: W3C has identified a number of opportunities for operators to take advantage of the seamless payments mechanisms affored by our Web Payments activity - come and help make these opportunities come true.
Interoperability for the IoT
The Web of Things Working Group is bringing a first layer of interoperability in the hyper-fragmented space of the Internet of Things through a shared vocabulary for describing “Thing” and a common scripting framework to interact with them.