Short Message Service (SMS): The Creation of Personal Global Text Messaging

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Friedhelm Hillebrand
John Wiley & Sons, Jan 21, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 194 pages
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Contributions from Finn Trosby, Kevin Holley, Ian Harris

Written to celebrate the 25th anniversary of SMS standardization by the people who produced the standards, Short Message Service (SMS): The Creation of Personal Text Messaging, describes the development of the SMS standard and its ongoing evolution. The standardization of SMS started in February 1985 as a part of the creation of the second generation digital cellular system GSM, and the 25th anniversary of the first work on SMS provides an opportunity to review and understand how this service was developed. The book also looks to the future, as a large number of new GSM and evolved GSM phones will support SMS as a mass market high availability messaging service, a new simple Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) suitable for use by everyone and for implementation in every new terminal is proposed.

  • One of the only books which covers the complete SMS genesis from concept ideas to standardization of a first technical solution and its evolution to the present day.
  • Describes the service concept including the limitation of the message length to 160 characters and explains the rationale behind the concept.
  • Based on existing and newly retrieved documentation.
  • Concludes that SMS has a long future since most future GSM phones will support SMS as the only messaging service, and so an SMS evolution is put forward.
 

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Contents

1 Communication Networks in the Early 1980s and the Portfolio of GSM Services
1
2 Who Invented SMS?
15
3 The Creation of the SMS Concept from Mid1984 to Early 1987
23
4 The Technical Design of SMS in DGMH from June 1987 to October 1990
45
5 The Evolution of SMS Features and Specifications from October 1990 to the End of 1996
75
6 The Evolution of SMS Features and Specifications from the Beginning of 1997 to Mid2009
99
7 Early Commercial Applications and Operational Aspects
111
8 Global Market Development
125
Annex 2 Sources for Quoted GSM Documents and Other Documents
139
Annex 3 Meetings of IDEGWP4GSM4 and DGMH in the Period from May 1987 to September 1990
143
Annex 4 DGMH Attendance in the Period from May 1987 to September 1990
145
Annex 5 Meetings of GSM4SMG 4 and DGMH in the Period from October 1990 to the End of 1996
147
Annex 6 DGMH Attendance in the Period from October 1990 to the End of 1996
149
Annex 7 Evolution of GSM Specification 0340
157
Annex 8 Literature
165
Annex 9 Brief Biographies of the Authors
167

9 Conclusions
131
Annex 1 Abbreviations Used in Several Parts of the Book
135

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