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Huawei launches HarmonyOS  Huawei has officially released its HarmonyOS operating system for all devices. It looks like HarmonyOS will be available on almost all Huawei devices in the coming years, and the company will describe it as an upgrade. As a next-gen smart device operating system, HarmonyOS provides a common language for connecting and collaborating across different devices, giving users a more user-friendly and secure experience. The OS uses distributed technology to meet the diverse needs of all the different devices in a single system, allowing for flexible deployment. Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/mj8j4j99 Vodafone and CityFibre expand their partnership Vodafone and CityFibre have expanded their partnership to offer Vodafone Ethernet services for business customers. In this new partnership, Vodafone will use CityFibre’s Ethernet infrastructure to provide local access to its customers. Therefore, businesses in 12 UK cities and towns will have an alternative and cost-effective High Bandwidth Ethernet service. Under…

RingCentral, a US-based provider of high-performance cloud communications and collaboration solutions for businesses, has announced a new high-volume and fully integrated SMS service that allows businesses to send SMS messages and updates to their customers promptly and seamlessly. Developers can build custom applications by using the  Application Programming Interface (API) that interfaces with RingCentral’s business communication platform. RingCentral also provides a service with pre-built applications that can be obtained from the RingCentral App gallery. By using RingCentral phone numbers for bulk SMS messages, companies can send one-time messages or bundle requests. In addition, the company supports message insights, such as status, logs, storage and analysis for more progressive compliance. The API also permits RingCentral customers to use SMS for services such as mass marketing, automated messaging, customer surveys, chatbots, two-factor authentication and one-time passwords.  The API is currently in beta version and available as part of RingCentral’s…

Cloud-based softswitch solution provider Telinta has enhanced its TeliGlobe Mobile Softphone with new SMS options. Available for both Android and Apple iOS mobile devices, TeliGlobe is a brandable mobile softphone app and an essential component of Telinta’s cloud-native solution for mobile VoIP. The company offers mobile VoIP as a stand-alone service, or in conjunction with its white label solutions such as hosted PBX, SIP trunking, and other services. In a news release, Telinta said that VoIP service providers can easily offer SMS services together with voice and video calling via TeliGlobe. This mobile softphone app can be used to send and receive messages with SMS-enabled DIDs from Telinta’s partner companies, which provide Telinta customers with a number of options to meet their needs for worldwide SMS services. “Telinta understands that Mobile VoIP is one of the fastest growing opportunities in our industry,” said Alex Ferdman, CEO of Telinta. “Adding industry-leading SMS…

A leading communications solutions provider, BICS, has announced the release of their Local SMS Firewall, a fully managed end-to-end platform that helps operators protect and optimize their SMS traffic and revenues. This Local SMS Firewall oversees both A2P and P2P activities, and filters messages for unbillable traffic, thus preventing any loss of income. According to BICS, the introduction of their Local SMS Firewall was a natural reaction to the rapidly increasing number of A2P use cases and the demand for customer engagement. With mobile operators applying extra effort to boost customer satisfaction and taking advantage of A2P SMS opportunities, the new platform is a perfect tool for minimizing the decrease of revenue caused by traffic bypass. “BICS is dedicated to aiding operators in monetizing their SMS assets. SMS aggregators are always going to look for new ways to disrupt the industry, but with solutions like BICS’ Local SMS Firewall, the…

Blockchain will be the next tool used by the TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority in India) to fight against aggressive telemarketing, that is using spam calls and SMS. According to the TRAI, blockchain technology is able to track those annoying telemarketers. As they use unregistered phone numbers, they are usually hard to track, and with this new way of fighting against those marketing methods, India’s Telecom regulator will be the first to use blockchain as a mean of regulation. TRAI Chairman RS Sharma said: “Blockchain will ensure two things — non-repudiation and confidentiality. Only those authorized will be able to access details of a subscriber and only when they need to deliver service…“ and added that “TRAI will become the first organization to implement this kind of regulation on such a large scale,” 30 billion commercial calls or SMS are sent every month to users in India. Most of them are…

To compete with Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp as well as Apple’s iMessages, Google is looking for bold new ideas. They have had a number of failures in this area, having tried Talk, Hangouts and Allo! But for an American company, there’s no such thing as failure – there’s just the gaining of experience. Looking forward, Google will focus on delivering their new calling and messaging system called “Chat.” Chat aims to replace SMS, and uses the RCS protocol (Rich Communication Service) to achieve its goals. With Chat, users no longer need to download an application and keep that application updated, and the open-source nature of the RCS protocol will make this platform accessible to developers. According to The Verge media publication, more than 60 companies all over the world, including developers and operators such as Orange, Samsung and Asus have already committed to supporting Chat. For its part, Google promises…