Leaders team up to deliver MMS interoperability

Siemens has teamed-up with Nokia and Sony Ericsson to ensure the quick global development of Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) interoperability.

Manufacturers are keen to capitalise on the success of this technology, which directly evolved from Short Message Service (SMS). Together with AU-Systems, a mobile Internet consultancy, tools and services are being developed for interoperability testing on MMS.

MMS goes beyond its predecessor SMS, which only displays text limited to 160-characters. MMS is a global standard, which will be used to deliver messages containing text, audio, graphics, photographic images, and even video clips between mobile devices.

MMS-enabled phones will feature a built-in media editor that allows users to easily create and edit the content of their multimedia messages. Users can generate personal postcards via a digital camera attached to the terminal. They can add text and attach audio clips to the photograph before sending it directly to another MMS-capable phone or to a recipient’s email address.

MMS uses the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) powered by the transmission technology of GSM, General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS).

MMS is approved as a standard by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). The first MMS enabled products are expected to be commercially available during 2002.