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.
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.
Sprint Expands LTE Roaming Agreements
Sprint today said it has expanded the reach of its Rural Roaming Preferred Program to include 12 new carriers. The increased footprint covers 34 million POPs across 23 states and 352,000 square miles.
Sprint Signs 15 More Rural Carriers to LTE Initiative
Sprint today announced it has forged LTE 4G roaming agreements with 15 more rural network operators. Today's additions boost the number of carriers participating in Sprint's Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program to 27.
Verizon, AT&T Working On Intercarrier VoLTE
Verizon Wireless and AT&T today said the companies are working together to make interoperable VoLTE calls a reality. Both carriers offer VoLTE to their subscribers, but those calls can only pass between two VoLTE-enabled devices covered by an LTE network run by the same carrier.
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....