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Bandwidth releases new messaging capabilities, helping OTT apps and software companies become true competitors for traditional wireless phone services

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Bandwidth announces an industry first, MMS-enabled U.S. phone numbers for voice and messaging app providers, including full support for communicating with short-codes and SMS-enabled toll-free phone numbers

Raleigh, North Carolina – June 26, 2014Bandwidth, one of the nation’s leading communications technology companies today announced new messaging capabilities that include an industry first, MMS-enabling phone numbers for over-the-top (OTT) voice and messaging apps.  Bandwidth is also announcing full support for short-code communication with Bandwidth phone numbers, and the availability of SMS-enabled toll-free phone numbers for software providers, helping businesses text-enable their communications with consumers.

OTT voice and messaging apps have exploded in popularity, with over one billion users globally.  However, despite the growth, they have not become true competitors for traditional wireless phone services, due to the absence of two critical messaging features that users expect and demand:

For software and service providers helping businesses with their communications using toll-free phone numbers, there was a similar problem, the absence of being able to:

“For the first time in their history, OTT providers are truly poised to compete with traditional carriers,” said Steve Leonard, EVP and General Manager at Bandwidth. “Up to this point, the missing link was their ability to deliver standard messaging functions that users demand. We’re proud to usher in a new era of services and opportunities for many of the most disruptive providers in the communications industry.”

Bandwidth makes these new services available for app developers and communication service providers through both APIs and protocols like SMPP, allowing growing companies with a wide variety of technical experience and needs to get the benefit of working directly with a national carrier like Bandwidth.

To learn more or sign up for Bandwidth’s messaging program, please visit https://www.bandwidth.com/messaging

About Bandwidth 
Bandwidth is among the nation’s largest and fastest-growing communication technology companies. The company operates two divisions – wholesale & enterprise and consumer & SMB – that share a mission of transforming the communications industry. Across the divisions, Bandwidth provides a full range of communications services, including voice origination, termination and toll free; a full suite of 9-1-1 services; SMS solutions; SIP Trunking; hosted VoIP for SMBs; and a consumer wireless business. Founded in 1999, and a certified CLEC in 49 states, Bandwidth is a profitable company headquartered in Raleigh, NC with a large remote office in Denver, CO and field offices in eight other cities.