GSA Talks Up PTT

GSA touts growing acceptance of push to talk, with 33 GSM/GPRS networks now offering commercial services

July 29, 2005

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SAWBRIDGEWORTH, U.K. -- A new survey published today by GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, confirms growing market acceptance of Push to Talk on GSM networks worldwide. A total of 33 GSM/GPRS networks now offer commercial Push to Talk services, of which 15 are in Europe, 11 in Asia, 5 in the Americas, and 2 in the Middle East. Several more networks are in the deployment and pre-commercial testing phase.

The survey also shows that most new phones in 2005 launched by the leading manufacturers incorporate the push to talk feature. The survey identifies 57 phones announced in the market from 10 suppliers, for use on GSM/GPRS networks. Many of these devices support the Push to talk Over Cellular (PoC) standard, which was ratified last month by the Open Mobile Alliance.

PoC enables a new real-time direct one-to-one and one-to-many voice communication service in cellular networks. The principle of communication behind the service is "push to talk". Calls can be initiated to individuals and groups with a push of a key, and connection time is almost instantaneous. The service runs over standard GPRS networks where this functionality is supported. Thanks to the PoC open standard, conversations become possible across networks, nationally and internationally. The Push to talk service is a genuine differentiated voice service allowing operators to enhance the user experience, and build new service revenues.

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