MTS Position on RCS (Rich Communication Services)

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Today, November 4th 2016, Google announced that it is rolling out their RCS by partnering with Spring. I'm just wondering if MTS could update us on their progress with supporting RCS?
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I got excited because this states that MTS is backing this initiative, but MTS is actually Mobile TeleSystems in Russia :(
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Amanda, Alum

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Yeah, there's occasionally posts from MTS Russia or India customers on here and it can get a tad confusing.

I'd bet MTS will wait and see how well it takes off before investing in it.

"While positioned to some extent as a way Google can compete with iMessage, the problem with RCS is that it’s not universally adopted. Unlike with iMessage, which works with any Apple device, RCS is made available by carriers, and it won’t work on older Android smartphones. In other words, the impact of this launch – for now, at least – is limited." - Tech Crunch:
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I was under the impression that this could be better than relying on something like iMessage as it as well is incompatible with Android and that RCS would allow any device platform (Android, Apple, or Microsoft) to communicate to each other at a carrier level.

Also how much of an investment could there be to implement it? I thought RCS was built on 3GPP and that is what most North American networks are built on. It's just IP multimedia in the end the backed data is there. Or am I missing something.

I like the idea of bringing all platforms together.
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Hi DX, there are a whole lot of very expensive boxes between here and there :)

Take a quick read though
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Not sure there is really a need for RCS as an open Internet becomes the standard on phones. This opens up person to person communication to use any services. RCS seems like it might be about ten years later to the market. I would imagine some companies may setup RCS to data bridges for their own apps so people in emerging overseas markets where RCS may still have a larger role to play can communicate with people in North America.