Rich Communication Services (RCS)
Rich Communication Services (RCS) is a communication protocol between mobile-telephone carriers as well as between phone and carrier. This aims to replace SMS messages with a richer text-message system, provide phonebook polling (for service discovery), and transmit in-call multimedia.
How Bandwidth is Involved with RCS
Bandwidth is currently in the discovery phase for implementing RCS into its Messaging platform.
What Are the Benefits of RCS
RCS seeks to bring SMS to the next generation with some of the features that major over-the-top messaging application providers like WhatsApp, iMessage, and Facebook Messenger offer today like video and audio messages, high-resolution imagery, read receipts, and real-time response notifications.
Because RCS is a newer protocol, it is not yet supported by all device manufacturers or all carriers.