Push To Talk Standardized
Jun 21, 2006, 12:54 PM by (staff)
The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) today announced it has approved the first specification for Push To Talk over cellular (PoC). The specification will free carriers from having to choose a single PoC provider and requiring all their handset manufacturers to license that providers software. This should reduce the cost and difficulty of launching PoC on a network, and also will allow carriers to provide PoC interoperability. Some analysts expect major carriers other than Sprint Nextel to move their PoC networks to an OMA compliant system in the near future. However it is unlikely if they do that they will workout cross-carrier calling any time soon because of billing issues. Typically new messaging and communication features are not successful until cross-network interoperability is available. Sprint Nextel is expected to remain separate and continue to use iDen and Qualcomm's QChat.
AT&T Trudges Forward with 700MHz Interoperability
AT&T recently told the FCC where it stands with respect to interoperability in the 700MHz band and said it is making good progress. At issue is phones' abilities to roam between several different bands within the 700MHz A Block slice of airwaves, specifically Band 17 and Band 12.
Motorola Solutions Acquires PTT Provider Kodiak Networks
Motorola Solutions today said it has agreed to acquire Kodiak Networks for an undisclosed sum. Motorola Solutions is the not the Lenovo-owned company behind Motorola smartphones; rather, Motorola Solutions is a separate corporation that handles first-responder and push-to-talk hardware, and wireless networking equipment.
Sprint Likely Switch from Qualcomm to Kodiak for PTT Services
Sprint is on the verge of offering a new version of its push-to-talk service, according to the company's web site. Direct Connect Plus, when it becomes available, will allow "a wide selection of feature phones, smartphones, and tablets" to make PTT calls via 3G, 4G LTE, and WiFi.
T-Mobile Opens Up LTE Roaming to CCA Data Hub
T-Mobile today added its network to the Competitive Carriers Association's LTE data roaming hub. The move gives CCA members and their customers access to T-Mobile's LTE 4G network for data roaming purposes.
Push to Talk is the Future!!!
1) It is inter-compatible with a majority of carriers
2) It is readily availible to customers on almost every handset
3) It is as easy or easier to use than a regular call
I still don't know why people like sharing both sides of their conversatoins with the world around.
They would make a killing if they put the two together - with that wide a coverage area and that many PTT users already there.....
Not to mention all the customers asking for it....