Australian carrier Vertel is targetting enterprise customers that need critical communications with a new service that allows mobile phones to work like two-way radios or walkie-talkie with unlimited range.
Vertel has partnered with German telecommunications vendor Tassta to develop a push-to-talk (PTT) over cellular solution, which allows a user to communicate with a specific group of people with a single button press without needing multiple telephone calls to coordinate.
Aside from mobile phones, the technology can also be used through PCs and tablets, as well as dedicated push-to-talk mobile handsets sold by Tassta.
“As pioneers of two-way radio in Australia, our initial focus has been on how to use [push-to-talk over cellular] to enhance the investments our customers have made in their LMR [land mobile radio] networks,” Vertel executive director Andrew Findlay said.
“We are thrilled to be working with Tassta as our application partner and are committed to the development and enhancement of this service going forward.”
The service supports “a growing range” of devices and peripherals while also using multiple underlying public and private networks to offer increased coverage and high availability.
Vertel and some vendor partners also developed gateways for existing land mobile radio networks, in addition to a network operations centre and service desk with over-the-air configuration and management.
“Vertel is a pioneer of radio communications in Australia and we are very proud to be partnering with them on this exciting launch,” Tassta chief executive Kaveh Hosseinzadeh said.
“Vertel undertook extensive research into push-to-talk providers around the world and we are excited that they chose our solution for their business, mission- and life-critical applications.”