BARCELONA, Spain--To help seed the market for Rich Communications Services (RCS), MetroPCS will enable its customers to invite friends and family to access the operator's joyn-branded services, regardless of which wireless network they are on.
South Korea's SK Telecom has signed on 1 million subscribers to its joyn.T integrated communication service, which launched at the end of last year.
The growing threat from over-the-top providers such as Netflix and YouTube has wireless operators on the defensive. Consumers are increasingly watching video content on their smartphones and tablets, rather than their TVs, and many are using services such as Netflix, YouTube and Hulu to access that content.
MetroPCS said its deployment of Rich Communication Services under the GSMA's joyn brand is humming along just fine. The comments are notable considering the technical difficulties Deutsche Telekom is experiencing in Germany that have forced the carrier to indefinitely delay launching joyn there.
Deutsche Telekom is indefinitely delaying the commercial launch of its Joyn RCS service after admitting that implementing the technology is taking much longer than originally expected.
Kineto Wireless took the wraps off its Smart Comms client application, which it contends will enable operators to better leverage standard Rich Communications Suite (RCS) technology to enhance their current offerings and deliver new chat, VoIP and video services.
SK Telecom will launch joyn-branded Rich Communication Services (RCS) before the end of this year as the South Korean operator joins a handful of others that have made the RCS plunge.
Jibe Mobile closed an $8.3 million financing round--with strategic investments from Vodafone Ventures, Tokyo-based game creator MTI and other unnamed investors--which the company will apply to further developing its cloud-based open technology platform leveraging Rich Communication Services (RCS) technologies.
MetroPCS is bringing Rich Communication Services under the GSMA's joyn brand to more of its LTE smartphones. The joyn service is part of an effort by carriers worldwide to counter the rise of over-the-top communications services like WhatsApp, Apple's iMessage and Facebook's Messenger.
Spain's three largest operators are banding together to launch rich communication services (RCS) in an effort to compete with OTT providers such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp.