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Survey suggests strong MNO support for RCS

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Research published by BICS, the carrier services arm of Belgian incumbent operator Belgacom suggests that more than two thirds of mobile operators will have launched Rich Communications Services (RCS) by the end of next year.

Capgemini, Orange, white label Joyn server

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Consulting and outsourcing firm Capgemini has unveiled plans to bring a white label Joyn server to market. The rich messaging server was developed in collaboration with Orange and will enable mobile operators to brand and embed their own, out of the box version of the rich messaging service onto handsets, providing consumers with an alternative to over the top (OTT) applications.

Deutsche Telekom and Orange connect to RCS hub

Deutsche Telekom and Orange have signed up to use a RCS hub from cloud communications solutions firm Jibe Mobile

Operator groups Deutsche Telekom and Orange have signed up to an RCS hub from cloud communications firm Jibe Mobile, enabling interoperability between RCS and Joyn services hosted by third parties as well as in-network deployments.

RCS – Simplify, select, succeed

Keith Mumford, VP Technology, Kineto Wireless

Keith Mumford, VP of Technology at Kineto Wireless, reflects on Informa’s Rich Communications 2013 conference. Maybe, he suggests, the best way forward with RCS is to pick and choose from the functions to deliver targeted services, instead of trying to turn it into an industry juggernaut.

VP core network & services, Deutsche Telekom: “IMS services like RCSe/Joyn and VoLTE are key building blocks of our strategy”

Franz Seiser, VP Core Network and Services, Deutsche Telekom, Germany

Franz Seiser, VP Core Network and Services, Deutsche Telekom, Germany, is speaking on Day One of the LTE Voice Summit, taking place on October 1st-2nd at the Hilton Paddington, London. Ahead of the show we speak to him why operators have been slow to implement IMS and the benefits the services running on it will bring.

Operators losing faith in Joyn

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Three out of ten mobile operators believe GSMA offering Joyn is not the solution to successfully compete with messaging service providers such as WhatsApp and Skype, according to research published today.

Director, Rich Communication Services, Telefonica “OTT’s contribution to the industry is very positive”

Javier Arenzana Arias, director Rich Communication Services, Telefonica, Spain

Javier Arenzana Arias, director Rich Communication Services, Telefonica, Spain is speaking at the LTE Operator Mind Share, part of the LTE World Summit, taking place on the 24th June at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Ahead of the show we get an insight into how Telefonica is confident that RCS services will enable the industry to confidently compete with OTT services.

Sending the right message

Joyn is now live in five countries with 10 operators having launched services

Since the launch of Skype in 2003, over-the-top (OTT) service providers have been successful in convincing subscribers to opt for their perceived to be free offerings, at the expense of operators’ voice and SMS services.

VP product development, Technocentre, Orange: “RCS, LTE and VoLTE mean customers will have no reason to go elsewhere for communications”

Pierre François Dubois, VP product development, Technocentre, Orange, France

Pierre François Dubois, VP product development, Technocentre, Orange, France is speaking on ‘Maximising the benefits of LTE with RCS’ on Day One of the LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, is taking place on the 24th-26th June 2013, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Ahead of the show we speak to him about how RCS will both benefit consumers and help to maximise operator revenue.

Head of international standardisation and IP management, DT, UK: “competing with OTT is not the goal of Deutsche Telekom”

Michele Zarri, head of international standardisation and IP management, Deutsche Telekom, UK

Michele Zarri, head of international standardisation and IP management, Deutsche Telekom, UK, is speaking on VoLTE vs OTT Voice on Day Two of the LTE World Summit, taking place on the 24th-26th June 2013, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Speaking ahead of the show, Zarri explains why he feels the operator provided voice, services will still offer benefits to consumers over OTT VoIP applications.

CTO, SK Telecom, South Korea: “SDN and network virtualisation hold great promise for mobile carriers”

Dr J W Byun, the CTO of SK Telecom

Dr J W Byun, the CTO of SK Telecom, South Korea is speaking on Day One of the LTE World Summit, taking place on 24-26 June 2013 at The RAI, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we speak to him about how SK Telecom has been able to extend its global lead in LTE and gives some insights into what he sees coming down the line for telecoms.

Most operators to opt for cloud-based RCS

SK Telecom is the latest operator to offer the Joyn service

Despite the operator support behind Rich Communications Services (RCS), it will only be the very biggest international players that deploy the technology in their own networks. The rest will look to cloud-based offerings to fulfil their needs, according to business systems firms SAP Mobile Services.

Technical Sales Manager,Mobile Services, Telenor: “It’s important to measure the QoS experience”

Torbjorn Pettersson, Technical Sales Manager, Mobile Services, Telenor, Sweden

Torbjorn Pettersson, Technical Sales Manager, Mobile Services, Telenor, Sweden is taking part in two panel discussions at the LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, taking place on the 24th-26th June 2013, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Ahead of the show we speak to him about some of the technical issues facing operators as they introduce LTE.

CCOO, Celcom Axiata Berhad: “LTE will challenge traditional backhaul assumptions”

Suresh Sidhu, chief corporate and operating officer at Celcom Axiata Berhad

Suresh Sidhu, chief corporate and operating officer at Celcom Axiata Berhad, Malaysia, is taking part in the ‘Quiz the CxO’ segment on Day Two of the LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, taking place on the 24th-26th June 2013, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Ahead of the show we find out more about Sidhu’s views on how networks can best be optimised for LTE and where RCS/VoLTE fit into the operator picture.

Vodafone leads Joyn tech investment

Joyn/RCS is based on IMS

A Silicon Valley startup on Wednesday received funding from Vodafone to help make the carrier’s answer to OTT (over the top) services a viable alternative to the likes of Skype and WhatsApp.

MetroPCS goes live with RCS

MetroPCS has launched RCS-based Joyn services on its network

US carrier MetroPCS has taken a lead in the US by becoming the first network to offer Rich Communications Services (RCS) on its LTE network. RCS is designed to offer enhanced features such as chat, messaging and content sharing directly via the network, rather than through third party offerings.

Nawras CTO: “LTE is moving the region into the lead”

Wolfgang Wemhoff is CTO of Nawras, Oman,

Wolfgang Wemhoff is CTO of Nawras, Oman, part of the Qtel Group. He is speaking at the LTE MENA conference, taking place on the 13th-14th May 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai. Ahead of the show we speak to him on where Nawras is with this LTE deployment and learn more about the technical challenges it is facing.

Telefonica gives first look at Joyn

Joyn/RCS is based on IMS

Spanish carrier Telefónica gave a first look at Joyn on Wednesday, making an Android application available in its domestic market.

Vodafone and Telefonica make Joyn support a key criterion, but OEMs coy

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Mobile operators are communicating to their OEMs that support for RCSe/Joyn is now a key criterion for their devices to be included in the operators’ portfolios, though it is not yet mandatory. Telefonica has said that if a device does not support RCS/Joyn, it will not be dropped from their handset portfolio. But Vodafone is taking a tougher stance, saying that devices that do not support RCS/Joyn will find it tough to get into the operator’s handset portfolio.

Informa’s top 10 picks for this year’s MWC

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Ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, here are the top ten hot topics to look out for according to analysts at Informa Telecoms & Media.

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