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Interop Technologies, a provider of core wireless solutions for advanced messaging, mobile device provisioning and management, and connectivity gateways, today announced that its Rich Communication Suite (RCS) Messaging Server is backward compatible with Short Message Service (SMS) and Multimedia Message Service (MMS). Mobile devices enabled with the Interop RCS server can successfully conduct messaging sessions with other devices regardless of whether they operate using RCS or SMS/MMS technology, helping to bridge the gap between legacy and next-generation messaging services.
The patent-pending solution is the first in the industry to offer backward compatibility with SMS and MMS, a feature associated with the RCS 5 standard. Interop’s RCS Messaging Server provides fully compliant RCS—not “RCS-like”—messaging features, including individual and group chat; file transfer; and indicators identifying when messages are composed, sent, and delivered. Because Interop’s server enables operators to offer RCS without a costly and complex IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) core, operators can compete with popular “over-the-top” (OTT) services without expensive changes to their current network. In addition, Interop’s hosted deployment option minimizes up-front costs and helps operators get RCS services to market quickly.
Major handset manufacturers have committed to building RCS directly into handsets starting in the second quarter of 2012. Downloadable RCS clients are also available for existing handsets.
“Our patent-pending, hosted solution, which works with any RCS client, provides the fastest, most cost-effective means of offering RCS, while completely supporting existing SMS and MMS technology,” said Steve Zitnik, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Interop Technologies. “As a result, operators can combat the threat of over-the-top players immediately, while providing subscribers with new, in-demand features.”
Interop Technologies is demonstrating the messaging interworking capabilities of its RCS Messaging Server in Booth #4322 at the International CTIA WIRELESS® 2012 event May 8-10 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
About Interop Technologies
Interop Technologies (www.interoptechnologies.com) is a leading developer of innovative software solutions to support today’s converging communication ecosystem in the areas of advanced messaging, device provisioning and management, and connectivity gateways. Offering exceptional deployment flexibility, Interop enables operators of all sizes worldwide to launch new mobile services quickly. The company’s future-proof solutions deliver superior reliability and high performance in today’s evolving mixed-generation technology environments. Interop designs, develops, and supports all solutions in-house, providing modular and extremely scalable architecture that makes migration to next-generation technology simple. Interop Technologies maintains its corporate headquarters and a network operations center (NOC) in Fort Myers, FL, with a fully redundant NOC and offices in Dallas, TX.