Creating an integrated RCS world
What is a ‘test fest’?
’just works’ because of the interworking across operators and device boundaries. As part of the RCS interoperability testing programme the GSMA organises ‘test fests’ where OEMs and client providers have the opportunity to demonstrate that their products are ready for accreditation and subsequently commercialisation. These events also provide opportunities for demonstrations and marketing of the participating devices.
Two test fests took place in Madrid, Spain in 2012 organised by the GSMA with technical support from Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone. The first in July, focused on two main work streams: a technical stream to resolve issues that had been identified during testing and a product one to improve the user interface and experience. The technical work stream confirmed a high level of interoperability between different RCS devices and clients, as well as to the three Spanish networks. It also confirmed a high level of convergence between the different RCS networks. At the same time, each participant of the event gained useful insights in to possible improvements in the quality of the RCS implementation either on client side or network side. The second in October, focused on the hot fixes that were deemed essential for introduction prior to RCS devices and clients and networks being commercialised. Additionally verification of the User Experience was undertaken along with an additional Quality Check step which the RCS Operators introduced to assure the quality of implementations.
The GSMA team has concluded another Meta collaborative test event which took place in Madrid in early Spring 2013. The test event was dedicated to the verification of joyn hot fixes functionality prior to commercialisation for new devices. Similar to the previous GSMA test events, the current META helped to improve quality and stability of the joyn clients.
The team is looking forward to concluding another successful Meta event with these participants and adding another two OEMs and one more downloadable client provider from the Asian region to the growing list of fully accredited client providers.
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