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CTIA 2010: Interop Preps for 4G Messaging

9:00 AM -- SAN FRANCISCO -- CTIA ENTERPRISE & APPLICATIONS 2010 -- It may be one of the oldest mobile technologies, but SMS messages have to come up to speed for 4G networks too. Interop Technologies is working with the wireless operators to help optimize these short bursts of data for a much faster wireless network.

The messaging vendor announced today at CTIA that its 4G Messaging Gateway now supports three new variations of IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)/Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). It also announced that its 4G-ready SMS Center 4 Series has successfully completed testing with the Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) Mobility Application Server.

Interop's 4G Messaging Gateway, introduced last year, lets operators keep their current platforms for SMS, MMS, and IM for 4G and interoperate with any legacy technologies. The company will keep adding protocols to its platform, says Damian Sazama, Interop's vice president of marketing and public relations, so that they can accommodate any network at any level of scale. (See Cox Adds Interop to Wireless Roster.)

"We wanted to make sure when we designed our platform, it did not matter if you are CDMA, GSM, 2G, 3G, or 4G," Sazama says. "We built it in a way that no matter what protocols you're deploying, including 4G, that is simply another gateway to our ecosystem."

Of course, some wireless operators are still getting up to speed on their 2G networks. Interop also announced today it has signed up MMS hold-out Southern Communications Services Inc. as a customer for its MMS picture messaging service over its iDEN network.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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