Given all the talk and momentum around 5G, it's easy to forget that LTE and LTE-Advanced still have a long life ahead. Operators in the United States, like AT&T, have long stressed the importance of seeing 5G through the standards process before anybody gets too gung-ho about the prospects for full-blown commercial 5G networks.
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.
Sprint is the only U.S. carrier to publicly back Google's recent move to create a Rich Communication Services (RCS) client for Android, but T-Mobile continues to gain traction with its own RCS service.
TIM and Vodafone Italy said they are carrying out interoperability tests on their respective networks in an effort to enable customers of both operators to make voice calls over LTE (VoLTE) and exchange messages based on the RCS (Rich Communication Suite services) standard.
BARCELONA, Spain-- In its continuing efforts to push the RCS standard for messaging, the GSMA announced that Google will create an RCS client for Android. A number of global operators including América Móvil, Deutsche Telekom, and Vodafone voiced support for the move, but Sprint was the only U.S. carrier that added its name to the list of supporting wireless operators.
AT&T Mobility last week launched its native Advanced Messaging and Video Call capabilities on its network using Rich Communication Services (RCS), but the vision of having the services work across multiple carriers remains elusive.
AT&T Mobility is launching native Advanced Messaging and Video Call capabilities on its network using Rich Communication Services, following in T-Mobile US' footsteps.
T-Mobile US is launching a native video calling service on its network, though the service is only available right now on a handful of new Samsung Electronics smartphones. The announcement comes a little more than a month after T-Mobile unveiled new messaging services based on Rich Communication Services (RCS) technology.
Deutsche Telekom's Albanian subsidiary-- Telekom Albania-- launched a rich IP communications service that will replace native SMS and MMS applications on Android-powered smartphones.
T-Mobile US shed some additional light on its launch of Rich Communication Services (RCS) technology, noting that Samsung upgraded its native messaging app to include support for T-Mobile's new RCS-based Advanced Messaging service. "Generally, T-Mobile Advanced Messaging replaces the existing messaging app on RCS-capable phones and offers enhanced messaging features right out of the box, without the need to download and configure an over-the-top application," explained a T-Mobile representative.