BICS, Openmind launch new RCS solution

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Wholesale carrier BICS and Openmind Networks have jointly launched a new hosted rich communication services (RCS) solution to allow operators to deploy a range of RCS products.

It allows operators to choose from a range of apps, such as interoperable legacy circuit-switced voice and VoIP, SMS and MMS back-up services. The solution is powered by Openmind's Traffic Control platform and BICS's IPX infrastructure.

RCS is the GSMA project that enables operators to offer the likes of voice, video, media sharing and other means of communication through an app that can run across smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Earlier this week, Russian operator MTS revealed it had integrated the RCS platform into its network in Moscow, with plans to formally launch services later this year.

Mikaël Schachne, VP Mobile Data Business, BICS, said: “The addition of these services to our portfolio means our customers can not only offer voice and data services but also convergent services to strengthen their credentials as innovative communication service providers. 

“Moreover, as a hosted service, mobile operators can launch RCS services rapidly and with minimised efforts. This model enables providers to act decisively in the fast moving battlefield of next generation personal communication services. BICS’ market-leading IPX backbone is central to ensuring global availability and carrier-grade levels of service for cloud-based RCS services.”

Alex Duncan, CEO, Openmind, added: “The partnership between Openmind and BICS to develop this offering blends technology and market reach. Mobile operators now have the opportunity to quickly launch a richer set of services, not available elsewhere, from an independent, well known, globally connected and established wholesale carrier.”

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