15 Years of the SMSC

Acision, which was formed in July 2007, following the purchase of LogicaCMGs Telecoms Products business, points out that the mobile phone industry is today celebrating the 15th birthday of the Short Message Service Centre (SMSC), the principal application behind text messaging that was brought to market by Acision (then LogicaCMG) in 1992.
The first ever SMSC was introduced as a product designed primarily to deal with the demands, and improve the reliability, of a developing mobile industry, and in that year, Acision signed the first of many deals with network operator Telenor.
Since then, Acision points out, it has evolved the SMSC infrastructure from a basic SMSC box to a complete next generation, IP-based SMS architecture, centred on its IP SMSC. This enables text management, a wide range of differentiating service scenarios, and a single rack capacity of 16,000 messages per second that can grow to virtually unlimited levels. SMSC innovation has never stopped, with current state of the art future-proof, IMS-enabled platforms that can help operators improve quality of service, reduce costs and offer exciting advanced messaging services. Its value today is as crucial to the market as ever before, says Acision.
In 1992, SMSC version 1.0 had a capacity of 10 messages per second, which was quickly surpassed through ongoing innovation to improve capacity, reliability and accessibility. By 1999, the mobile industry saw the introduction of the first high performance SMSC, also launched by Acision, with a 50-fold capacity increase to 500 messages per second. Such capacity speeds have now themselves been well and truly trumped with the introduction of the latest Acision IP SMSC.
Acisions first ever customer, Telenor, remains a customer to this day and has just deployed the most recent SMSC release. This is a testament, Acision says, to the value the SMSC has for operators offering a high-quality SMS experience. Acisions SMSCs are now responsible for processing more than half of all global SMS traffic.
Despite the rapid evolution of the mobile market, SMS is still an important value-added service for operators. For operators looking to provide subscribers with robust messaging services, todays mix and match platform means they can specify SMS capacity to meet their requirements. It is this scalability that makes the SMSC cost effective and adaptable to both growing and mature markets. Even in the most developed markets, such as Western Europe, where SMS service penetration has reached 90%, SMSCs are vital to operators seeking to differentiate themselves through high-quality enhanced messaging services.
Mobile messaging contributes significantly to the total mobile service revenues of almost every network operator on the planet, and the phenomenal evolution of the SMSC over the past 15 years has been a direct factor to the overall success of SMS says Steven van Zanen, VP Marketing for Intuitive Messaging at Acision. However, were not done yet, as Acision is constantly looking ahead with our open IP-based architecture to improve performance without limits, (and) enable new and converged services.

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