Colibria, the provider of new generation mobile instant messaging (MIM) and Presence-enabled solutions, has announced the availability of its SIP IM Server. Designed to enable the convergence of voice, media and text based communication across mobile, fixed and converged networks in both IMS and pre-IMS networks, the product offering is said to include many of the features of Colibria's MIM solutions.
According to Colibria, the SIP IM Server is said to plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the concept of ‘rich communication', as set out in the Rich Communication Suite (RCS) initiative, becomes a reality for communication service providers (CSPs) and end-users alike. RCS is a joint effort of key telecom industry players to speed up the evolution of mobile phone communication towards ‘rich communication', including features such as a Presence-enabled address book, with the introduction of new IMS-based interoperable services.
Colibria's SIP IM Server provides a base upon which CSPs can introduce new service packages and deploy integrated communication services that not only greatly enhance the consumer experience, but also open up new revenue opportunities. For example, by deploying the Colibria SIP IM Server new ‘Communicator' solutions can be created which are access type independent and combine MIM, VoIP, file and video sharing within a single package.
Colibria's SIP IM Server supports Session Mode Messaging with MSRP (Message Session Relay Protocol) reducing signalling network load when transporting media whilst simultaneously increasing reliability and allowing tighter integration of services. In addition, a deferred messaging capability ensures that whilst the user is offline all messages are captured, with the option of waiting MIM alerts for the user via SMS.
As a fundamental element of the IMS framework, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is perceived to be an emerging market technology, but the potential for future growth is already being heralded, with analysis firm ABI Research predicting that SIP services will generate $150 billion in annual revenue by 20121.
Lars Kristian Roland, Chief Technology Officer at Colibria, commented, "Previously SIP IM products have originated from the fixed environment, bringing with them poor interworking across platforms. With our heritage and expertise in the mobile instant messaging market, we have developed a ‘best-in-breed' SIP IM solution that boasts SMS, MMS and IMPS interworking and ultimately enables CSPs to offer their customers a truly converged communication service."
The Colibria SIP IM Server complies with IETF, 3GPP and OMA standards, and has proven interoperability with major IMS vendors, where it performs as an IMS application server, and is ideally placed to be deployed in multi-vendor IMS and pre-IMS environments. It will interface to any SIP compliant 3rd party client enabling the CSP to choose the best solution to support their mobile and fixed terminal requirements. As a key component of the Colibria Evolve Solution, Colibria SIP IM Server can be deployed with Colibria's SIP Presence and XDM Server offerings, or with 3rd party Presence products.