BROWSING: RCS

GSMA, mGage: ‘RCS adoption will surge in 2020’

GSMA: 'RCS will create a market worth more than $74 billion by next year' At the 2019 Competitive Carriers Association Convention last September, Josh Wigginton, VP of product management at Interop Technologies, spoke about the state of Rich Communication Services (RCS), arguing, that despite a slow adoption,...

Kagan: Synchronoss, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint partner on RCS messaging

The next stage in advanced text messaging is RCS and it has begun. All four major wireless providers in the United States which include AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint have joined forces with Synchronoss Technologies on a new RCS messaging partnership. This...

Synchronoss’ Lurie talks RCS and the goal of a single-app experience

Rich Communications Services are set to ramp up, and RCS may represent a chance for network operators to revamp their messaging services in the mold of some of the most successful over-the-top applications, while presenting a secure, unique vehicle for businesses to engage a...

Google launches RCS messaging for US users

Google has begun rolling out its own Rich Communications Services messaging service to U.S. users, just weeks after the four national U.S. carriers formed an RCS joint venture. In a blog post, Sanaz Ahari, Google product management director, writes that the new capabilities are already...

US national carriers form an RCS messaging JV

Sprint, T-Mobile US, Verizon and AT&T are going all-in on RCS, with a new joint venture to enable cross-carrier RCS messaging. The new Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative, or CCMI, expects to develop and deploy Rich Communications Service-based interoperable messaging starting with Android, and beginning next...

RCS adoption picks up as new business use cases emerge

Application-to-person messaging is driving RCS adoption globally At the 2019 Competitive Carriers Association Convention, Josh Wigginton, VP of product management at Interop Technologies, spoke about the future of Rich Communication Services (RCS), which despite a slow adoption, is now picking up as business use cases...

Why has the process of RCS messaging been so painfully slow (Reader Forum)

It's been over 25 years since Neil Papworth of Vodafone sent the first ever text message. Since then SMS has remained exactly the same. There have been no updates, enhancements or upgrades. Despite being so outdated and clunky, SMS remains one of the most effective communication...

Text messaging is on the verge of a major transformation–here’s why you should care (Reader Forum)

Since its debut on the market in the 1990s, SMS has achieved global domination as the fastest, most reliable mode of communication for information exchange around the world.  Despite its ubiquity and immediacy, the format hasn't changed significantly in its almost 30 years of existence ...

Operator cooperation, new ecosystem is key to ending messaging disintermediation (Reader Forum)

Since the first text message was sent in 1992, messaging as a method of communication has exploded in popularity. Free unlimited texting was incorporated into the majority of mobile operator packages in the 2000s, and by 2008 the number of texts being sent in a month passed the number of phone calls in the United States. For many years, messaging represented a steady revenue source for...

Amid RCS momentum, Rohde & Schwarz validates test cases

Rohde & Schwarz said it is the first test company to validate Rich Communications Services conformance tests, amid growing global momentum for RCS. RCS is a set of IMS technology features that seeks to enable mobile operators to compete with over-the-top messaging services such as...

RCS update: Sprint, Rogers start RCS interconnect; OpenMarket demos RCS for IoT

Demo on T-Mobile US' network focuses on IoT; Sprint, Rogers RCS interconnect went live on June 1 Rich Communications Services messaging adoption appears to be picking up speed. Sprint and Rogers recently enabled the first North American cross-carrier RCS interconnection, while messaging platform provider OpenMarket and...

Reality Check: Could Google help telcos win the war on messaging?

Openmind looks at the impact RCS decision from Google could have on messaging fortunes of mobile telecom operators Until a few weeks ago it was a commonly held belief across the mobile industry – albeit incorrect in our opinion – that there was no palpable...

AT&T VoLTE video calling, RCS messaging launched with limited support

AT&T VoLTE video calling, RCS messaging support limited to just a pair of Samsung devices UPDATED: Story updated to clarify billing for Advanced Messaging service. AT&T Mobility over the weekend pushed a slew of LTE-based advanced services to select customers, including messaging, enhanced rich communication services...

Reader Forum: Google’s faith shows a bright future for RCS

Google’s recent acquisition of Jibe Mobile is an exciting move in the evolution of rich communications services and promises to be a real step forward in the battle for mobile network providers to wrestle control of instant messaging from Apple and popular over-the-top players...

Google nabs Jibe in RCS push

Google claims move will bolster messaging applications The rich communications services market received a rich new player as Google has snapped up RCS platform provider Jibe Mobile for an undisclosed amount. In announcing the deal on the company’s Android Official Blog, Google said standard carrier text...

T-Mobile taps LTE network for video calling service

T-Mobile video calling service set to battle OTT providers T-Mobile US launched its Video Calling service, tapping into its growing LTE network to offer a branded service set to battle with numerous over-the-top applications offering similar capabilities. The T-Mobile US service is accessible through the standard...

Telefónica partners with Huawei on SBC to support VoLTE, RCS

Huawei's SBC platform designed to support VoLTE, RCS, voice-over-broadband services Spain’s Telefónica continues to push virtualization technology across its network, with the latest move coming in a deal with Huawei to provide the vendor’s session border control platform in support of advanced voice and communication...

EMEA: Jibe Mobile and Deutsche Telekom further European RCS offers

Jibe Mobile said it is working with Deutsche Telekom’s regional operating company Telekom Albania to offer rich IP communications services. The move builds on last month’s announcement of a deployment with SFR in France and two prior announcements last year in partnership with DT...

T-Mobile US launches RCS-powered messaging service

T-Mobile Advanced Messaging service taps IP, counters OTT moves T-Mobile US unveiled a new messaging platform that takes advantage of rich communication services to provide users with enhanced features similar to those offered by over-the-top players, but with the full support of the mobile operator. In...

Editorial Webinar: WebRTC, VoLTE, RCS set to reshape carrier offerings in battle with OTT

This webinar looks at how VoLTE, RCS and WebRTC are being used and will be used by operators to remain competitive. The webinar will glean insight from mobile operators that have already begun to rollout these services or are planning to rollout services, vendors supporting the...

Feature Report: Tapping RCS, WebRTC, VoLTE and VoWi-Fi to improve service, battle OTTs

Mobile operators are feeling increased pressure from over-the-top players to provide additional features and services that consumers have come to expect from the application world. Three ways they are looking to counter the OTT threat is through the implementation of Voice over LTE (VoLTE),...

EMEA: Jibe Mobile and SFR partner for native RCS applications

Jibe Mobile today announced its partnership with SFR to offer native RCS devices providing applications via the cloud. SFR said it will be providing rich communications suite-based native messaging for Samsung and Sony Mobile smartphones supported by Jibe’s communications cloud. Native devices have been one...

EMEA CEOs: BICS looks to the future

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Daniel Kurgan, CEO of BICS, about the company’s current strategy and his view of the opportunities and risks in the markets the company addresses. But first, a few words about what BICS is in case you aren’t following...

Reality Check: The star-crossed rise, fall and reinvention of text messaging

“Messaging services are killing SMS” – Beta News “There are more WhatsApps than texts sent each day. A lot more” – TechRadar “Texting is in decline” – Business Insider “How WhatsApp is killing off text messaging” – ITProPortal These are just a few of the recent headlines accompanying...

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