Multimedia Messaging Service: An Engineering Approach to MMS / Edition 1

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MMS technology is one of the services initially designed by the 3GPP and WAP Forum. Recently, two other standardization organizations have been developing extensions for this service. These organizations are the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and the MMS Interoperability Group (MMSIOP). While MMS designers have been working for several years on the topic, MMS is just emerging in the market and is regarded by business analysts as one of the killer applications for the next decade. It will reshape the landscape of mobile communication, making it more personal, more versatile, and more expressive than ever before. Multimedia Messaging Service: Provides a practical reference guide to MMS, including standardisation, architecture, transaction flows, developer tools, commercial solutions and the future of MMS, illustrated with numerous examples Includes an introductory chapter to MMS clearly explaining its place in the messaging arena and covers MMS generalities such as billing models etc Features an accompanying website providing examples that implementers can use to test their solutions and useful links to relevant MMS standards Essential reading for all content providers, service providers, network operators and telecommunications manufacturers. The extensive coverage of MMS also makes this ideal for researchers, postgraduate students, marketing and standardisation personnel in the field.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I would recommend this book as a good technical introduction toMMS and also as a reference work…" (IEE  CommunicationsEngineer, February 2004)

" authoritative book from an engineering perspective...awelcome addition to many bookshelves..." (IEE Review, April2004)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470862537
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/14/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.93 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gwenaël Le Bodic is a software architect for Vodafone Globalin Germany. His activities for Vodafone include the study anddesign of MMS architectures for large multi-operator environments.For several years, he used to be a mobile Internet andstandardization expert for Alcatel's mobile phone division inFrance. His activities for Alcatel included participating andcontributing to the development of messaging technologies andservices in the scope of 3GPP and OMA standardization processes. Hewas responsible for the design of the software architecture of themessaging solution for Alcatel's first two MMS phones. A certifiedengineer in computer sciences, Gwenaël Le Bodic obtained aPh.D. in mobile communications from the University of Strathclyde,Glasgow. He is the author of many research publications in thefield of mobile communications. He wrote the book Mobile Messaging(Wiley & Sons Ltd, November 2002) covering various messagingservices and technologies. Gwenaël Le Bodic can be contactedat

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Table of Contents


About the Author.

1. Introduction to MMS.

1.1 MMS Success Enablers.

1.2 Commercial Availability of MMS.

1.3 MMS Compared with Other Messaging Services.

1.4 MMS Added Value and Success Factors.

1.5 Billing Models.

1.6 Usage Scenarios.

2. Standardization of MMS.

2.1 MMS Standards.

2.2 Third Generation Partnership Project.

2.3 Third Generation Partnership Project 2.

2.4 WAP Forum Specification.

2.5 Internet Engineering Task Force.

2.6 World Wide Web Consortium.

2.7 Open Mobile Alliance.

2.8 Standardization Roadmap for MMS.

3. Service Architecture.

3.1 MMS Architecture.

3.2 MMS Interfaces.

3.3 MMS Client.

3.4 MMS Centre.

3.5 Wireless Application Protocol.

3.6 OMA Digital Rights Management. 

4. Service Features.

4.1 Message Sending.

4.2 Message Retrieval.

4.3 Message Reports.

4.4 Message Forward.

4.5 Reply Charging.

4.6 Addressing Modes.

4.7 Settings of MMS Mobile Devices.

4.8 Storage of MMS Settings and Notification in the (U)SIM.

4.9 Multimedia Message Boxes.

4.10 Value-added Services.

4.11 Capability Negotiation.

4.12 Streaming.

4.13 Charging and Billing.

4.14 Security Considerations.

5. The Multimedia Message.

5.1 Multipart Structure.

5.2 Message Content Domains and Classes.

5.3 Media Types, Formats and Codecs.

5.4 Scen Description.

5.5 Examples of a Multimedia Message.

5.6 Forward-lock of Media Objects.

5.7 Message Size Measurement.

6. Transactions Flows.

6.1 Introduction to the mMS Transaction Model.

6.2 MMI Interface, MMS Client - MMSC.

6.3 MM2 Interface, Internal MMSC Interface.

6.4 MM3 Interface, MMSC-External Servers.

6.5 MM4 Interface, MMSC-MMSC.

6.6 MM5 Interface, MMSC-HLR.

6.7 MM6  Interface, MMSC-User Database.

6.8 MM7 Interface, MMSC-VAS Applications.

7. Standard Compliance and Interoperability.

7.1 Standard Conformance and Interoperability Testing.

7.2 Implementations of Different Versions of the MMSProtocol. 

8. Commercial Solutions and Developer Tools.

8.1 MMS Handsets Directory.

8.2 MMSC Directory.

8.3 Developer Tools.

9. The Future of MMS.

9.1 MMS Development in 3GPP.

9.2 MMS Development in OMA.

9.3 MMS Development in 3GPP2.

9.4 A Bright Future for MMS?


A. Content types of media objects.

B. MM1 interface - Response status codes(X-Mms-Response-Status) .

C. MM1 interface - Retrieve status codes (X-Mms-Retrieve-Status).

D. MM1 interface - MMBox store status codes(X-Mms-Store-Status) .

E. MM4 interface - Request status codes(X-Mms-Request-Status-Code) .

F. MM7 interface – Status Code and StatusText.


Acronyms and Abbreviations.


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