SMS Forum disbands, considering objectives complete

The SMS Forum has just announced it is to disband. The Forum believes it has successfully achieved its objective of introducing universal standards for SMS, and so further work from the Forum is no longer required.

The SMS Forum, the mobile industry group that fosters and promotes SMS for the benefit of the global wireless industry, has announced that having successfully achieved its objective of introducing universal standards for SMS, further work from the group is no longer required. The announcement comes as SMS volumes continue to exceed expectations and while the industry prepares to take mobile messaging in a broader direction, preparing for instant messaging interoperability and widespread IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) uptake.

The members decided to end SMS Forum activity because of the universal adoption of standardised protocols. With these protocols now firmly established within the industry, vendors, including LogicaCMG, which chairs the group, are now producing innovative SMS services without the risk of divergent standards or the need for Forum intervention. Industry attention has now moved towards enriching messaging with multimedia and presence, which is shifting the emphasis to for a with a wider remit than SMS in isolation, e.g., the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).

LogicaCMG, the company responsible for the original short message peer-to-peer protocol (SMPP) definition, will remain the guardian of the protocol, as well as continuing its active role in messaging innovation for SMS, MMS and IP platforms. Established in 1997, the SMS Forum has contributed greatly to the global success of SMS, particularly in driving the evolution of the SMPP Specification, which has become the de facto industry standard for SMS. It also addressed global SMS interoperability issues and pioneered XML messaging access protocols for mobile content and gaming.

Organisations from across the globe have participated in the SMS Forum including LogicaCMG, Redknee, Syniverse Technologies, Anam and leading global network operators.

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