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What do I need to do to host an MMS service?

If I have to host a MMS service, what do I need to do? Is it just like hosting the SMS where I can host my servers connected to the SMSCs to send and receive SMSs? Also, where can I get more information about SMS?

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It's analogous to hosting SMS enabled services. Your network operator must provide an MMSC (MMS control centre -- that's similar to an SMSC). Your applications use the MM7 protocol to interact with the MMSC in a bidirectional manner (that's similar to using UCP, SMPP, etc. in the SMS case).

Scenario 1: An MMS terminal sends an MMS to the MMS server. Your application uses MM7 to receive the MMS from the MMSC

Scenario 2: Your application uses MM7 to "push" an MMS to a terminal.

The MM7 specification is contained in document TS23.140 available from http://www.3gpp.org

Also, to learn more about SMS, try http://www.smsforum.net


This was first published in October 2002

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