The GSMA issued a report this morning outlining ways carriers can tap the soaring market for IP-based messaging even as alternative platforms eat into their SMS revenues in many markets. While proprietary offerings such as WhatsApp and Line have gained tremendous momentum, they are also siloed services that require users to download specific apps and perhaps switch from app to app to message with friends and contacts.
Telenor said traditional mobile telecoms services including voice and SMS are still in demand among consumers aged 16 to 35 years of age, despite the growing use of internet-based communication services.
Facebook launched support for SMS within Messenger for Android, enabling users to send and receive traditional text messages without switching out of the app.
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.
Facebook is experimenting with integrating SMS with its Messenger service, according to multiple reports, and is adding support for multiple accounts for some users.
CTIA threw another counter-punch in its fight against efforts to impose common carrier regulations on mobile messaging services. The trade group responded to a request from the mobile messaging provider Twilio to make SMS services subject to Title II regulations. Such a move "would open the floodgates to unwanted and unlawful mass messages," CTIA claimed in a filing with the FCC this week.
Facebook once again was the most popular smartphone app of the year among U.S. users, according to data from Nielsen. And its Messenger app was the fastest-growing title this year.
Tyntec, a telecom-web convergence company, said three quarters of mobile network operators are missing out on the chance to monetise application-to-person (A2P) SMS traffic that crosses their networks.
SMS/800, a privately-held company that already serves as the FCC's appointed administrator in North America for toll-free numbers, is launching a registry to enable owners of toll-free numbers to use SMS services to interact with their customers.
BARCELONA, Spain--Jibe Mobile CEO Amir Sarhangi thinks Rich Communications Services (RCS), carriers' answer to over-the-top messaging services, is not dead--far from it. For a long time it was hard to take that position seriously, but Sarhangi said that there is growing momentum behind RCS because smartphone makers are embedding phones with RCS software, which combines IP messaging and traditional SMS messaging into a single service.