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Google is proving that RCS is more than alive and well

Posted on: November 19th, 2015 by Mobile Communications

Based on a review of publicly available information, Jibe’s platform doesn’t negate IMS and, as I understand it, requires an interfaces with an operator’s IMS platform. RCS application servers are just hosted in another location (‘the cloud’), and operated by another party (‘Jibe’) – this is a different business model not a different technology model. Unlike NewNet’s solution, Jibe’s solution cannot be deployed within an operator’s network without IMS. It does not include:

• OMA Presence
• Multi-device support
• Common Message Store
• VoIP calling with bi-directional integration with Circuit Switched Calling
• Fully bi-directional interoperability between IP Messaging to SMS (IPSMGW)
• The OMA Network API
• WebRTC support and several other critical features (OMA CPM anyone?) in the RCS specifications.

Google is American. The telecom industry is one of the most highly regulated industries globally. Most nations have laws and regulations regarding data privacy, legal intercept and foreign control of national communications. Many nations preclude data being stored in the USA. Operators will always have to evaluate any hosted Google RCS service offering against their own national regulatory framework. Blackberry learned this with its BBM service in India and so has Apple in the USA in its battle with the FBI. WhatsApp is fighting this in India and in the UK. Jibe could operate under the radar of national regulatory authorities with its small user base. Google cannot.

It is unlikely that Google is about to start cooperating with hundreds of governments world-wide, nor can they launch Google Fi as a global telephone company. This means there still is a huge opportunity for the infrastructure vendor community, but only if they operate with quality, innovation and speed.

Google isn’t going to launch API’s any time soon. Google will not become the next Twillio. No one I’ve spoken to in the industry is aware of any implementations of the OMA RCS Network API by Jibe. Furthermore, Google has long had the ability (and credibility) to create such an API with its numerous Google Voice and Talk APIs and they haven’t. We don’t see Google launching API’s any time soon.

My Conclusion. Google has just shown everyone in the telecom world that RCS is not dead. Google is going to rapidly accelerate the deployment of RCS, with a high level of standardization in the Android operating system. It will be a multi-pronged approach with a reference Android client solution and an optionally hosted back-end for operators to get started. This will spur operators to get moving on deploying their own infrastructure to take advantage of the breaking of the log jam of having RCS clients available.

Brent Newsome- Vice President Business Development

Wake-up call for the Industry is good for operators

Posted on: November 3rd, 2015 by Mobile Communications

Google has reach. 82% of the smartphones on the planet run Android and 67% of tablets run Android. One of the most maddening things NewNet has experienced as it deploys RCS is the inconsistent and fractured nature of the RCS implementations we’ve seen by the handset manufacturers, the network equipment vendors, and by the downloadable client developers. Through shear market dominance Google should be able to bring a level of technical discipline, adherence to standards and engineering excellence through its ubiquitous presence and legacy of engineering excellence.

This is good for operators as it should mean an end to the continuous test-fests, debugging and wire shark traces followed by bug fixes (and the rinse, lather repeat cycle) that have dominated the implementation cycles of RCS technology to date. Once integrated it will mean rapid deployment.

There are Other Hosted Solutions. NewPace (now a NewNet division) foresaw the need for smaller operators to have a hosted solution for their IP communications infrastructure, so did Jibe. Both companies have advocated and deployed cloud solutions that empower smaller operators to launch faster and smarter in order to accelerate technology adoption. There were also 16 other competitors who tried a hosted product offering including InterOp, OpenMind, Infinite Convergence, Ericsson.

NewPace & NewNet were the first in the industry to have an accredited hosted (“cloud”) solution, and it is still available to operators, this will not change.

If there is an industry threat from Google it is to traditional network infrastructure vendors who have done the RCS ecosystem a huge disservice by delivering poor quality RCS implementations at a snail’s pace. These vendors should ask themselves honestly how much more slide-ware and hand waving they are going to put in front of their customers when there is a credible alternative in Google. This is the true wake-up call for the industry.

Brent Newsome- Vice President Business Development