Metaswitch RhinoMarket

The problem with most traditional telecoms equipment is that the function it performs can only be changed by the equipment vendor. If the network operator wants to do something new then they are dependent on the equipment vendors to make it happen. This dependency creates barriers to progress, and stifles innovation.

Metaswitch Rhino TAS, an in-network open telecoms platform based on Java, addresses this issue by providing a development environment and test tools needed by developers to create converged (IMS and IN) applications for telecom network operators.

More than 65 mobile, fixed and converged network operators around the world already use Rhino, including large mobile operator groups such as Orange, Vodafone, and T-Mobile.

What is RhinoMarket?

RhinoMarket was created to introduce network operators to telecoms application developers and to show some of the telecoms innovation made possible by Rhino and its independent developer community.

RhinoMarket provides access to partners with off-the-shelf products as well as independent developers who create apps, developers that can deliver customised services and developers that can support operators’ internal development teams as they add the services and resolve the signalling challenges needed to drive the network forward.

Why does RhinoMarket benefit Rhino TAS customers?

With Rhino, the operators' own in-house development teams can solve network problems and create new communications services for themselves, by owning their service roadmap. There is also a healthy ecosystem of partners and independent developers that gives operators access to more diverse ideas and much more choice.

How can Rhino TAS customers use these apps?

Rhino provides an open environment in which new signalling solutions and telecom applications can be created in Java, using the network resources and assets in new ways to enable network evolutions and to deliver an improved experience to subscribers.

Rhino apps are installed in the telecom network itself and fit into the following categories:

  1. Applications that focus on solving telecoms signalling challenges, facilitating network transformation and evolution, and enabling new network capabilities
  2. Applications that primarily focus on delivering communication services (voice, video-calling, messaging etc.) to the network’s subscribers. This second category can be further divided into:
    1. Applications that we all regard as “standard” parts of the services provided by telecom operators
    2. Applications that add value and create differentiation between network operators' offerings

How can you get involved?

Developers can join our free developer forum to access documentation, tools and support.