Rich Communication Suite – enhanced (RCS-e) is a pragmatic solution that provides the operator with the ability to address both the short term competitive pressures and the long term technology evolution to all IP environments. Five of the leading European operators, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefónica and Vodafone (the "G5 group"), initiated first steps towards the implementation of RCS based services, dubbed RCS-e. Many of the device manufacturers have also committed to RCS-e and will launch RCS-e capable devices shortly.
The vision for RCS-e is to allow subscribers to create their own personal community in which each member can interact with each other using their existing global user ID (i.e. their mobile phone number). In essence, the RCS-e initiative is focusing on extending the communication options in a mobile network. Traditionally, a mobile subscription comes standard with Voice and SMS/MMS messaging services. With the launch of RCS-e, mobile users can also choose to communicate through (group) chat, transfer a specific file to another user, or share videos during a call, by activating a camera.
The key objective of the initiative is to deliver an enhanced communications experience which is more relevant and personal to the individual subscriber. The core features of RCS-e are:
- Service capability discovery: provides the user with a clear view of a contact's status, indicating which RCS-e services are available, to choose the preferred communications option. For example, a customer would see if their contact is in an area with 3G coverage and is able to receive video.
- Enhanced voice: provides the ability for subscribers to share video or images while on an active call, improving the traditional calling experience and allowing the participants to share real-time video experiences.
- Enhanced messaging: evolves the messaging experience to increase social sharing and business collaboration. Examples include peer-to-peer and group messaging; threaded cross-platform conversational views; multi-media file transfers; and multi-device communications, enabling the access of services from a range of devices.
Acision's RCS-e Solution
Acision firmly supports the RCS-e initiative. For Acision, RCS-e is the pre-cursor for the move of all core communication services to a full IP environment. At the time of national coverage of LTE, traditional voice and messaging services can bedelivered on this all IP network for lower network cost. Acision's RCS-e solution provides:
- Support for RCSe services including chat, group chat, file transfer and video sharing.
- Store and forward capability, required in case the destination device is off-line.
- Support for non-RCSe devices through SMS continuity. This can be supported with Acision's IPSM Gateway.
- Support for different business and monetisation models ensuring that the RCS-e services work in the end-to-end context(pay per minute, pay per message, pay per Kb).
- Seamless migration approach from today’s existing messaging platforms (SMS, MMS) to a consolidated messaging environment: Acision Broadband Messaging Service Centre (BMSC)
- A broad solution view encompassing the communication application server (RCS-e services solution), with signalling (IMS Core), IP Service Control (PCRF, PCEF) and Charging Control (OCS).
- Fast integration of web based applications through easy to use Application
- Several hardware independent deployment options, as well as cloud based delivery without a need to deploy an IMS Core.