APEX is the nickname for AT&T Partner Exchange. Contrary to the term Partner, it is a wholesale program. AireSpring, Nitel, TPX and other CLECs are on the APEX platform buying Internet (MIS), MPLS or VPN, ASE (Ethernet) and Mobility.
At this past APEX event in Dallas, AT&T added to the program. AT&T beefed up it Mobility offering with WWAN (wireless WAN) and an API. “API for Mobility Port Management. The API lets solution providers qualify, create, check, update, cancel and activate port requests, AT&T says.”
Mobility plays in to the IoT sphere that every cellco wants a piece of, despite the fact that IoT is a garbage can term for M2M and anything that needs to be connected – like cars, bridge sensors, HVAC systems, et al.
AT&T added Flexware, too. “AT&T FlexWare lets businesses configure multiple virtual network functions (VNFs), like a router or firewall, on a single FlexWare device at each of their sites.” [cv]
Collaboration is powered by Broadsoft that is now available OTT (or BYOB) for APEX customers. NetBond, cloud firewall and colocation are also included in the APEX platform.