April 11 (Giz China) – Earlier today, the three major carriers in China, China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom, held an online press conference to jointly release the “5G Messages” feature. According to reports, the 5G messaging service an upgrade of the native basic Short Message Service (SMS). For individual users, “5G Messages” will break the length limit of each message in traditional SMS. It also supports multiple media formats, including text, pictures, audio, video, emoticons, and contacts. Support online messages and offline messages, and can provide users with message status reports and history management.
In addition, “5G Messages” brings a brand-new human-computer interaction mode. In this window, users can complete a one-stop service experience such as service search, discovery, interaction, and payments.
Representatives from 11 companies including Huawei, Samsung, and Xiaomi were part of the online event. Other companies include Vivo, OPPO, ZTE, Samsung, Lenovo, and Meizu. These companies were all positive with the follow-up of this feature. Of course, we will expect a little tweak by the OEMs.
Some OEMs were quite direct with their plans for “5G Messages”. According to Huawei, it will commence testing of this feature from April 10. It also hopes to commercially release “5G Messages” in June 2020.
ZTE also said that it recently has helped China Mobile to successfully launch the first testing of “5G Messages” based on the GSMA UP2.4 standard in Hangzhou. According to the company, this marks the official countdown to the commercialization of “5G Messages” in China.
“5G Messages” commercialization to take place in June 2020
As of now, the testing phase is almost over. Some companies are joining late but still hopes to quickly test the feature. The project is about to enter the commercial stage. The general expectation is that “5G Messages” will be officially commercial at the end of June 2020. This new messaging feature will become the fastest 5G application for operators. This opens a new chapter for 5G business innovation.