Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) and TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) of Annapolis, Md., today announced the launch of a new software application for providing wireless data and Internet services such as e-mail origination, Web search engine services, delivery of user-specified stock quotes and news items, and PrePaid account access to mobile users. The enhanced Short Message Service Center (SMSC) software provides a reliable wireless data transport method for two-way messaging services as well as for Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) services.
The new SMSC with WAP application will enable network operators to provide a host of browser-based wireless data and mobile Internet services. The new software will also allow seamless roaming support for mobile originated text messages across both TDMA and CDMA wireless networks, ensuring delivery of messages sent by users roaming outside their home network. SMSC will initially support TDMA networks, and will later support CDMA networks following the anticipated adoption by the WAP Forum of a specification for data delivery over SMSC.
The announcement was made here at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association's Wireless 2000 show, an exhibition and conference for the mobile communications industry.
Cahners In-Stat, an industry analyst firm, forecasts there will be nearly 25 million wireless data subscribers by 2003. "The enhanced Short Message Service Center enables some of the hottest wireless data applications and can deliver capabilities such as instant messaging and mobile chat," said Curtis Holmes, vice president of the intelligent network unit at Lucent Technologies. "Integrated with Lucent's TelePortal(TM) technology for voice access to Web content, users can now have instant access to a wide range of information on their wireless handsets from any location."
"This application really sets a landmark for Short Message Service by bringing the benefits of WAP to a highly cost-effective and ubiquitous mobile interface," said Mike Richardson, vice president of TCS's intelligent network products division.
Using new interface capabilities, SMSC with WAP can transport data from wireless applications residing on the Internet to mobile users through a wireless network. The SMSC application will also convert incoming user messages to the correct protocol and deliver them to the appropriate end-user location such as a handset or an e-mail address.
Another early-to-market feature of this solution is the simple, interactive menu capabilities designed for easy navigation. Service providers can also individually customize and configure delivery profiles for end users with two-way capable handsets.
In addition, the SMSC with WAP enables new user group and
calling circle-type functionality for sending and receiving short text messages.
It also includes innovative assistant capabilities for forwarding and copying
messages to other handset destinations in particular user-defined message groups.
Other significant features of the SMSC with WAP solution
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