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What is the future of mobile communications?

RCS What Is The Future Of Mobile Communications

SMS and MMS messages are very outdated compared to today’s alternative, digital messaging platforms, yet 15,220,700 texts are sent every minute of every day worldwide, not including app-to-app messaging.

Third-party messaging services have become very popular with billions of monthly users:

Monthly users on 3rd-part apps

These digital communication services have the advantage of being free to the consumer, which means they don’t have a per message charge beyond the cost of the underlying data connectivity.

What’s next for mobile communications?

The mobile communications landscape is evolving, as carriers are already moving on to the new Rich Communications Services (RCS) standard, which is part of the new, more advanced mobile messaging standard, designed to improve the messaging functionality installed on phones by default.

Along with text messages, RCS will also allow for higher quality picture messaging, group chats, location sharing, and video calls. The service will also support read receipts and typing indicators that you’re probably already familiar with from other services.

So, why the push for RCS if the “new” features already exist in other apps?

RCS has a few notable advantages over other messaging services:

  • A single inbox for traditional SMS, MMS and feature rich messages
  • Universal profile – no account sign up required
  • Out of the box support – no app download required
  • Open and cross-platform standard – It is hardware agnostic. Unlike Apple’s iMessage, RCS is designed to work across all phones and software.

What still needs to happen:

  • Adoption by carriers globally – The reality today is that only around 52 carriers have implemented the RCS standard, but the GSMA – Google Android RCS initiative – provides the opportunity to rapidly deploy RCS to a potential 800 GSMA carriers.
  • Interoperability – Users on different carrier networks must be able to send/receive RCS messages to/from each other. There must also be interoperability between RCS and non-RCS phones.
  • Apple support – If tens of millions of iPhone users can’t join RCS chats, then a large part of the appeal is lost.

When RCS is widely adopted, you’ll be able to enjoy all the features of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage and WeChat, without having to create an account.

Linda Misauer

Linda Misauer

Vice President, Global Solutions at Striata, a Doxim company.

Linda Misauer is the Head of Global Solutions at Striata and is responsible for technical Research and Development, Operations and Project Management for global initiatives.

Linda previously led the Product Management of the Striata Application Platform before moving across to Striata North America as Chief Technical Officer (CTO). As Product Manager, her responsibilities included internal project management of the product development team, market research & product feature design, as well as the product lifecycle management and quality control. As CTO, Linda was responsible for all technical operations for North, Central and South America, including the Project Management, Support, Production and Data Engineering.

Linda has over 10 years of experience in the IT industry, ranging from video streaming solutions and website application development to electronic billing and messaging. Prior to joining Striata in 2002, Linda held the positions of Chief Information Officer at AfriCam, and was IT project manager at Dimension Data.

Linda studied at the University of Natal – Pietermaritzburg and holds a degree in BSc, Majoring in Computer Science and Economics. Linda also has a Diploma in Project Management.

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