KPN launches cloud-based PTT service

The Netherlands’ KPN has launched what it claims to be the first push-to-talk (PTT) service in Europe, in partnership with Ericsson.

Cloud-based PTT enables users to communicate instantly and cost-effectively with large audiences over existing 3G and 4G networks.

The service is powered by Kodiak Networks’ next-generation PTT technology and was rolled out in the US in 2012.

“We see a lot of potential for the service, particularly since it is cloud-based and managed by Ericsson,” said John van Vianen, senior EVP of business market at KPN.

“KPN push-to-talk contributes to increased efficiency and reduced risks in the workplace, particularly for employees who work alone in the field.”

Vianen explained that the service allows used to start a voice connection with one person, or a group, within seconds, and is also GPS-enabled, meaning you can see the exact location of those you are speaking with.

“We have been working with KPN for many years…so it's very fitting that they have become our first cloud-based push-to-talk customer in Europe,” said Jean-Claude Geha, VP and head of managed services at Ericsson.

“By offering PTT as a cloud-based IT managed service, we are able to continually manage and update it on KPN's behalf, without the need for costly network infrastructure modifications.”

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