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We're in the process of implementing a public wifi service across our University.   Visitors will be able to access our network, enter their mobile device #, request credentials, and receive them via SMS.   We want to assure fast and guaranteed delivery of these text messages to campus visitors.   Therefore, we want to contract with an SMS gateway provider which can guarantee expedited delivery of text messages.  Such a provider would have arrangements in place with the major cellular carriers to ensure messages are prioritized & expedited.  Such a provider would likely also maintain tables so that it can route a message to a particular phone number via the appropriate carrier. 

 

QUESTION:   We're looking for any recommendations and contact information for an SMS Gateway Provider that would meet our needs.   I know that many other schools have indicated that they use a similar Public WiFi structure, so I'm hoping that perhaps a few of you have contracted with an SMS Gateway provider that you can recommend.

 

Thanks!

 

 


Carmen A. Rahm
Asst. VP for Info. Technology
Central Washington University
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Message from edl@uw.edu

Carmen,

The UW is currently using Twilio for a service that provides course-availability notification to students, through SMS and email.  (Along with AWS for queuing, event-driven, and distribution middleware, SQS and SNS.)

A caveat... I wouldn't characterize the Twilio service as offering "guaranteed delivery" if that is what you need, but you can get something like "expedited delivery" (short-codes to boost the delivery rate from 1 msg/sec to 30 msgs/sec, which also avoids having the carriers flag it as SPAM).  We are also assessing Twilio for other academic and non-academic purposes.

Happy to discuss further off-list, if you like.

Erik

Erik Lundberg
AVP, IT Services, UW Information Technology
University of Washington
206-543-2795
edl@uw.edu



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