Telefonica, one of the largest telcos in Europe, announced Telenor (Norwegian-based carrier) as its first carrier partner for the BlueVia API platform. The first BlueVia API available to developers is billing services. In-app billing services remove the need for marketplaces like the Apple's app store or iTunes for mobile app purchases. Instead, consumers' purchases are added to their phone bills.
Hong Kong's government monetary authority recently released an Open API framework. Further, the government entity announced that it will launch an Open API next week. The framework includes a four phased approach that it expects Hong Kong banks to adopt in compliance with a roadmap.