On the 29th of September 2020, 16 members of the Mobile Ecosystem Forum were revealed as the initial signatories of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for developing the RCS ecosystem in an open and interconnected way. The MOU is open to all ecosystem participants, with no limitation. Click here to download. More have joined since the first announcement with a current list below.
The RCS ecosystem will replace texting messages with multimedia services for both person to person and business messaging. The OTT solutions have managed to gain great reach rapidly, but only SMS provides a universal communication service available to all users. RCS will require time to develop with the same reach of SMS, it needs the support from operators, device, and platform vendor and replacing the existing device base.