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Push-to-talk interoperability tests begin

Posted: 19 Mar 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless? push-to-talk? ericsson? motorola? sony ericsson?

Four major wireless infrastructure and phone vendors said Tuesday (March 16, 2004) they have started interoperability testing for their push-to-talk (PTT) products.

Ericsson, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Siemens said in a statement they have started conducting the tests and expect interoperable products to be available in the second quarter of this year. The tests are aimed at insuring that PTT conversations can occur between users of different wireless carriers and phones.

A trade organization known as the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) has been considering a preliminary PTT standard since last summer. The vendors said in their statement Tuesday that they are pushing for final approval of the standard by the OMA.

PTT, which turns wireless phones into walkie-talkies, has been growing in popularity in North America and many industry analysts expect it to catch on in Europe as well. The first major PTT vendor was Nextel, but other U.S. vendors such as Verizon Wireless and Sprint PCS have recently introduced the service.

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