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Samsung launches 3GPP-compliant nationwide public safety network in Korea

The public safety network will have Samsung’s Mission-Critical Push-to-Talk capabilities Samsung Electronics is working with Korean mobile operators on the deployment of the world’s first 3GPP-compliant nationwide public safety LTE (PS-LTE) network. The PS-LTE network will operate in 700 MHz spectrum to provide connectivity...

Kagan: Siyata Mobile is push-to-talk 2.0

I spoke with Marc Seelenfreund, CEO of Siyata Mobile Inc., a push-to-talk player. Think of them like Nextel on steroids. You remember Nextel. They were the PTT company that flourished in the business marketplace, then suddenly disappeared. Since that time, carriers like AT&T Mobility,...

ETSI mission-critical PTT interoperability testing achieves 85% success

First ETSI mission-critical push-to-talk plugfest draws 19 vendors In its first plugfest focused on interoperable, mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) capabilities for first responders, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute reported that more than 1,000 tests resulted in an 85% success rate. ETSI said that the testing sessions were...

The first month of FirstNet: AT&T preps preemption; Motorola acquires PTT firm

After hanging in limbo over a bidding dispute, we're now one month into the public-private partnership between AT&T and FirstNet that will see the U.S. carrier spend more than $40 billion to construct a nationwide LTE network dedicated to use by first responders. According to...

#TBT: AT&T Wireless prepares for sale; Sprint expands billing options … this week in 2004

AT&T Wireless began sifting through multibillion dollar bids, while Sprint offered up third-party billing … 13 years ago this week. Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the...

Reality Check: Security industry must embrace modern PTT technologies

Can the use of IP-based PTT platforms allow for a more profitable, secure and efficient working environment in the security space? The global security industry is growing at a rapid pace. More professional and coordinated operations across disciplines and geographical borders among criminals is one...

Reality Check: How modern PTT technologies can transform airlines

Modern PTT technologies can play a role in airlines becoming more efficient in operation and competitive against rivals The global aviation industry is growing rapidly. Traffic volumes have increased by around 6% per year for many years, which equates to a doubling of traffic every...

#TBT: Sprint battles Nextel for PTT crown; LNP launches … this week in 2003

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Sprint PTT service...

#TBT: PTT battles in full swing; Verizon Wireless top carrier … 11 years ago this week

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades and enjoy the memories! Patent office will decide who owns ‘push to...

Carrier Wrap: T-Mobile US set to slash prepaid prices; in 700 MHz deal with CenturyLink

Editor’s Note: Wireless operators are a busy bunch, and as such RCR Wireless News will attempt to gather some of the important announcements that may slip through the cracks from the world’s largest carriers in a weekly wrap-up. Enjoy! --T-Mobile US announced plans to alter...

Carrier Wrap: Shentel completes LTE upgrade; Republic updates Moto X rate plans

Editor’s Note: Wireless operators are a busy bunch, and as such RCR Wireless News will attempt to gather some of the important announcements that may slip through the cracks from the world’s largest carriers in a weekly wrap-up. Enjoy! --Shenandoah Telecommunications said it has completed...

Time Trippin’: EDGE in, WAP out; Leap losses its couch … 10 years ago this week

Editor’s Note: The RCR Wireless News Time Machine is a way to take advantage of our extensive history in covering the wireless space to fire up the DeLorean and take a trip back in time to re-visit some of the more interesting headlines from...

C Spire updates PTT service

Regional wireless carrier C Spire is looking to tap into the wide-open push-to-talk market, offering up an enhanced PTT service targeting enterprise, government agencies and service organizations. The launch follows Sprint’s move last month to turn off its one-time industry leading PTT service that...

NII, Motorola launch PTT app in wake of Sprint Nextel iDEN shut down

Looking to continue push-to-talk communication capabilities between customers across the Western Hemisphere, NII Holdings and Motorola announced a smartphone application that will allow users in the United States with to connect PTT conversations with NII customers across Latin America. The PRIP application, which is based...

iPhone on AT&T gets push-to-talk with Wi-Fi

AT&T Mobility is hoping to pick up some new customers next month after Sprint Nextel turns off its iDEN network at midnight on June 30. Diehard iDEN customers who have ignored their carrier's efforts to get them to switch over to Sprint Nextel's CDMA/LTE...

Sprint Nextel tightens noose around iDEN network

Sprint Nextel further tightened the noose around the neck of its iDEN network today as the carrier said it has expanded CDMA2000 1x coverage and roaming capabilities that now provide its CDMA-based push-to-talk service with a claimed three-times as much coverage of that provided...

Sprint Nextel to begin iDEN turn down mid-2013; scores $1B credit facility

Sprint Nextel’s Network Vision program added some important numbers today as the carrier announced the date it would terminate service across its iDEN network as well as a new credit facility to purchase equipment for the extensive network upgrade. Sprint Nextel said its current iDEN...

SouthernLINC secures PTT, data roaming deal; unveils new rate plans

Regional wireless player SouthernLINC Wireless said it has signed a nationwide push-to-talk and data roaming agreement with a “nationwide” operator that will allow its customers to use their PTT and mobile data services when outside of SouthernLINC’s current iDEN coverage area.While the operator was...

Analyst: ‘Don’t get too excited’ about new PTT pricing from Sprint Nextel: Wireless provider reworks Nextel Direct Connect rate plans

Sprint Nextel Corp. introduced new rate plans for its Nextel Direct Connect customers, starting at $30 a month. The carrier said it launched two new Direct Connect plans aimed at business customers who were previously forced to bundle voice minutes along with Direct Connect...

Ad watchdog group recommends Verizon Wireless pull PTT marketing campaign: VZW ads claim rivals’ ‘old service is useless now’

Verizon Wireless' claims of its rivals' "useless" push-to-talk service ticked off PTT veteran Sprint Nextel Corp. - and the carrier appears to be rightfully angry. The Council of Better Business Bureaus reviewed Verizon Wireless' PTT advertising, and recommended the carrier discontinue its current campaign.Verizon...

REVIEW: Chirp . wait for it . chirp sluggish PTT from AT&T

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly feature, Yay or Nay. Every week we'll review a new wireless application or service from the user's point of view, with the goal of highlighting what works and what doesn't. If you wish to submit your application or...

VIDEO: RCR Wireless Newscast for Monday, June 9

Verizon said it will buy Alltel for $28 billion. If the deal goes through, it would create the nation's largest carrier with a combined subscriber base of more than 80 million customers.; verizon alltel acquisition merger; Sprint is...

Analyst Angle: Where are all the trade show buzzwords now?

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly feature, Analyst Angle. We've collected a group of the industry's leading analysts to give their outlook on the hot topics in the wireless industry. In the coming weeks look for columns from NPD Group's Ross Rubin, Enderle Group's...

Wi-Fi BlackBerry lands at AT&T for $300

Following up on its July announcement, AT&T Mobility this morning said it would bring Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry 8820 to market at $300 with a two-year contract. The carrier said that the Wi-Fi-enabled device could roam on 10,000 hotspots in the United States-for...

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