We reported this week that Vodafone Italy and TIM have initiated IP interconnection interoperability tests on their respective networks, with a view to enabling customers of both operators to call each other using voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology and swap messages and bits of contents using RCS-based apps.
Although many operators are expected to join forces with existing over-the-top (OTT) messaging providers rather than develop their own applications, KPN is reportedly working on its own multimedia messaging service for smartphones in order to compete with the likes of WhatsApp.
Spain's leading mobile operators will introduce smartphones from HTC, LG Electronics, Nokia, Samsung Electronics and Sony Mobile Communications with Joyn embedded into the smartphones' operating systems.
Deutsche Telekom is indefinitely delaying the commercial launch of its Joyn RCS service after admitting that implementing the technology is taking much longer than originally expected.
Spain's three largest operators are banding together to launch rich communication services (RCS) in an effort to compete with OTT providers such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp.
Orange France said it will extend its LTE network to Lyon, Lille and Nantes this week, and also unveils some new OTT apps.