Multimedia Messaging Service: System Description and Performance Analysis

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Executive Summary

Following the success of Short Messaging Service (SMS), multimedia messaging service (MMS) is emerging as a natural but revolutionary successor to short messaging. MMS allows personalized multimedia messages containing content such as images, audio, text and video to be created and transferred between MMS-capable phones and other devices. By using IP and its associated protocols, MMS is able to interwork with other messaging systems such as Internet messaging services. An important feature of MMS is the guaranteed delivery of messages via a store-and-forward mechanism which temporarily stores messages in the network until successfully delivered. Unlike SMS, multimedia messaging service does not mandate any maximum size for a multimedia message.

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