November 21, 2001
In a move that will dramatically bolster the future of Short Message Services (SMS) in the United States, InphoMatch, Inc. announced today that its InphoXchange platform is powering the launch of AT&T Wireless' inter-carrier text messaging service.
This capability, available for the first time in the United States, allows AT&T Wireless subscribers to send text messages to virtually any other wireless subscriber - regardless of the carrier -by simply knowing the recipient's phone number.
Carriers in Europe and Asia have experienced meteoric growth in SMS traffic but, until today, SMS in the U.S. has been limited by a lack of interoperability between carriers. By deploying the InphoXchange solution, AT&T Wireless removes a significant obstacle to a superior customer experience and substantial expansion of the market.
"We are giving our customers more choice and convenience, while enabling them to take advantage of the growing popularity of text messaging," said Lisa Jo Wilson-Knight, vice president, marketing services, AT&T Wireless. "This is just the beginning, now text messaging is almost as seamless and as far-reaching as voice calling."
The InphoXchange SMS interoperability platform delivers a stress-tested, carrier-grade service, entailing no technology risk and delivering the highest level of availability, scalability, reliability, and security. Its functionality includes feature mapping between different protocols, configurable micro-billing and reporting modules, and tools to protect against security breaches and spam.
The InphoXchange technology has been operational for more than four years, routing in excess of 3 billion messages during that time.
Commenting on the recent agreement, InphoMatch president and CEO Colin Matthews remarked, "We are extremely pleased to help AT&T Wireless launch this new service for their subscribers. There is no doubt that AT&T Wireless' leadership will accelerate the adoption of text messaging interoperability to the benefit of all SMS users in the US."
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