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Orange pusth-to-talk (PTT): Talk Now
Posted on 14-Jan-2004 08:42 | Filed under: News

Kodiak Networks is providing the infrastructure for the push-to-talk service Talk Now, to be released by Orange in Europe on their GSM mobile network.

Talk Now is an integrated instant voice, conferencing and messaging service with the added benefit of a real-time availability icon, so subscribers can see who is available to take a call and who is not. The service is already being trialed by corporate customers in the UK, including IBM.

Orange is one of the largest multi-national wireless operators in the world, operating in 19 countries and serving more than 46 million customers in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Orange is the first international wireless carrier to add this kind of service to its existing GSM network. Orange is using the Kodiak RTX System to bring the real-time voice and messaging services over cellular to the market. Initial deployment is planned for the UK and France.

Talk Now will then be launched by Orange in 10 countries this year, starting in Q2 2004. Alongside the standard push-to-talk (PTT) service functionality available in the US, Talk Now will also allow Orange customers to:

  • create buddy lists that can be used to facilitate instant conference calling
  • know when contacts are available to talk and when they are busy
  • speak to or message contacts who have indicated they are available
  • record a conference call and send it to others if they are not available
  • send a voice message to other Talk Now users at the touch of a button.

    With the new system in place international instant voice calls can be made between Orange networks in different countries. When an Orange customer travels across Europe, he or she can maintain access to the features and functionality of their Talk Now service through their home network, providing international roaming is available. In any Orange coverage area where a customer has voice access, the service will work the same way as if the customer were calling from their home country, providing a truly seamless experience.

    Kodiak Networks announced the availability of the CDMA version of its Kodiak RTX(TM) System in November 2003.


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