AWS introduces additional regions, worldwide delivery for SNS

AWS' Simple Notification Service now can now be sent from six regions, deliverable to more than 200 countries.
Written by Jonathan Chadwick, Contributor

Amazon Web Services' Simple Notification Service (SNS) message delivery capability has now been made available in a total six regions, allowing for the delivery of mobile notifications to phones in more than 200 countries.

SMS delivery, having previously only been available in the US East (Northern Virginia) region, has now been expanded to US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) regions.

In addition, SNS can now be used to send SMS delivery notification messages to mobile phones in countries that include Australia, Denmark, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom, all of which offer anti-spoofing Sender ID support.

Further countries without Supports Sender ID include Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, the Philippines, Qatar, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Vietnam.

Along with the extra regions, additional features include giving AWS users the ability to set spending limits on a per-account, per-month basis; the ability to send messages to a mobile without having to subscribe the number to an SNS topic; and logging the delivery status for SMS messages.

In addition, every phone number had previously required to be made "opt-in" by the recipient prior to the developer sending messages; with the new changes, no opt-in is required.

Users' first 100 SMS messages sent to a US phone number each month are free. Subsequent charges for messages sent to US numbers or any sent to non-US numbers are broken down on AWS' website.

Amazon SNS gives developers the ability to send a mass of push messages for monitoring applications, workflow systems, information updates, and mobile apps.

AWS added Mumbai as its sixth Asia-Pacific region earlier this week, taking its total number of availability zones to 35. Earlier this month, analyst firm Oppenheimer predicted AWS' revenue would reach $33.29 billion by 2020, and $57.5 billion by 2023.

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