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The Short Message Service: Standards, infrastructure and innovation

Acker, A (2014) The Short Message Service: Standards, infrastructure and innovation. Telematics and Informatics, 31 (4). 559 - 568. ISSN 0736-5853

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The Short Message Service (SMS) is a teleservice developed by the Global System for Mobile Communication in the mid-1980s for second-generation mobile networks. SMS is made up of standards, protocols and infrastructure that make text messaging the most popular data service on mobile networks. The teleservice has been used in all subsequent generations of mobile telephony. This article discusses the development of the SMS teleservice standards (GSM 03.40), how it has influenced mobile telephony infrastructure, and how it remains a lasting communication innovation today. It historicizes text messaging standards and their technical realization by describing the network architecture and elements required for SMS transmission. This article illustrates how SMS standards and infrastructure represent a significant innovation to mobile telephony in the late twentieth century. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Acker, Aaacker@pitt.eduAACKER
Date: 1 January 2014
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Telematics and Informatics
Volume: 31
Number: 4
Page Range: 559 - 568
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.tele.2014.01.004
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0736-5853
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 16:25
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 16:55


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