Rich Communication Suite phase 1

RCS (Rich Communication Suite) is a join industry effort aiming to speed up the evolution of mobile phone communication towards rich communication. The RCS initiative includes network operators, network and device vendors (Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, TeliaSonera, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nokia, SK Telecom, Sony Ericsson and Samsung).

The main purpose of RCS is to allow interoperability between network vendors and software editors.

RCS phase 1 defines 4 main features:

1. Enhanced Address Book (Service capabilities, presence contacts information, Video Call, …)
2. Content Sharing (Video Share, Image Share, …)
3. File Transfer (based on OMA Simple 1.0 specifications)
4. Converged Messaging (base on OMA Simple 1.0 specifications)

The RCS Initiative has defined a core feature set, developed reference implementations of the services and conducted interoperability testing in multi-vendor environment.

Since February 2007 INEXBEE is working to release the first desktop IMS Client compliant with RCS phase 1. The beta version of this client (Codename MERCURO) is expected for September 2008.
Mercuro IMS Client is under test and RCS features are only available in commercial version.
For more information visit http://www.mercuro.net.

In next posts I will introduce all features mentioned above and explain how they are used in Mercuro IMS Client.


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