A service that simplifies sending Internet Protocol (IP)-based communications between mobile phones and between mobile and fixed-line phones is to be piloted.
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the GSM Association (GSMA), the global trade association for mobile operators, revealed it is preparing to pilot a new service.
It will simplify the transmission of instant messages, MMS, emails and video.
Following a competitive evaluation process, the GSMA has selected the clearinghouse and directory services provider NeuStar to manage the service on the GSMA’s behalf.
Based on a Carrier ENUM approach, the GSMA, operators and NeuStar will pilot a Number Resolution Service (NRS) that automatically translates a phone number into an IP-based address.
This will make it simple for users to initiate a wide range of IP-based communications via their existing phone numbers and contact books in their handsets.
The system affords subscribers the same levels of control and privacy that they currently enjoy with existing telephone services.
The pilot will begin in the second quarter of 2008 as a forerunner to a commercial service to be launched later in the year.