Say Goodbye To SMS / MMS, “5G Messages” Is Here Already

While the world at large still sees 5G tech as controversial, earlier today, the three major telecom operators in China, China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom, held an online press conference to jointly announce the coming and the features of “5G Messages”.

Features Of “5G Messages”

Say Goodbye To SMS / MMS, “5G Messages” Is Here Already

Reports states that the 5G messaging service is an upgrade of the native basic Short Message Service (SMS).

1. No Character Limit: For individual users, there is no limitation in terms of characters in “5G Messages” as we have it in traditional SMS.

2. Supports More Formats: It also supports multiple media formats, including text, pictures, audio, video, emoticons, and contacts.

3. Support both online messages and offline messages,

4. Provides users with message status reports and history management.

5. Furthermore, “5G Messages” brings a brand-new human-computer interaction mode. In this window, users can complete a one-stop service experience such as service search, discovery, interaction, and payments.

There were about 11 companies represented in the online event and they include Huawei, Samsung, and Xiaomi were part of the online event. Other manufacturers include Vivo, OPPO, ZTE, Lenovo, and Meizu. These companies were all positive with the follow-up of this feature. Of course, we will expect a little tweak by the OEMs.

Some OEMs were quite direct with their plans for “5G Messages”. For example, Huawei says it will commence testing of this feature from April 10. It also hopes to commercially release “5G Messages” in June 2020.

Say Goodbye To SMS / MMS, “5G Messages” Is Here Already

According to ZTE, it recently has helped China Mobile to successfully launch the first testing of “5G Messages” based on the GSMA UP2.4 standard in Hangzhou. According to the company, this marks the official countdown to the commercialization of “5G Messages” in China.

“5G Messages” To Enter Commercial Level In June

At present, the testing phase is almost over. Some companies are joining late but still hopes to quickly test the feature. The project is about to enter the commercial stage. The general expectation is that “5G Messages” will be officially commercial at the end of June 2020. This new messaging feature will become the fastest 5G application for operators. This opens a new chapter for 5G business innovation.

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