How WCTP works:
Messages are sent from a computer to the paging or cellular
carrier via the Internet using WCTP or the wireless communication
transfer protocol. The carrier then passes the message to
the paging terminal. The paging terminal then broadcasts the
message via radio waves to the paging device, mobile phone,
billboard or other designated wireless device.
What Information is needed to send a message via WCTP?
Two pieces of information are need in order to send text messages
via WCTP; the port
settings of the paging carrier and the pin or ID
of the pager is needed. The pin and id is often the numeric
pager number but not always.
Is WCTP a standard?
WCTP is defined as an industry standard. Because the concept
of Internet transfer is fairly new, the protocol has not yet
been widely adopted. In an effort to save costs it is expected
that numerous carriers will adopt either SNPP or WCTP as an
Internet communication protocol. Both protocols have support
built in for two-way communication.
Why is this better than email ( SMTP ) transfer?
Depending on the routing, there can be significant delays
in the routing of emails. Wireless messaging is a "now"
technology and there is little tolerance for delays and lag
times. The WCTP protocol also ensures that the message has
been received by the carrier or telecom provider. Email does
not allow for any confirmation.
What software supports WCTP?
WCTP is a fairly new protocol and it is not yet widely
supported. This site is sponsored by NotePage,
Inc. a leading developer of alphanumeric paging and
wireless messaging software, if you are in the need of paging
software that supports WCTP please consider NotePage's
Software. The latest versions support WCTP in addition
to other popular wireless communication protocols.
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