The new 4G PTT service will run over SaskTel's 4G network that covers more than 98 per cent of Saskatchewan's population and connects to the national 4G network.
"Working closely with Kodiak, we have developed an excellent service for our 4G customers," said Jason Durant, SaskTel’s acting Chief Marketing Officer,"We expect the transition to be smooth. We will waive any early device upgrade fees for current 10-4 subscribers who are ready to upgrade to the new 4G Push-to-Talk devices so they can continue to enjoy the benefits of push-to-talk."
"Kodiak is pleased to partner with SaskTel on its Push-to-Talk solution. Kodiak's PTT technology will enable SaskTel to provide fast, sub-second call set up and a robust PTT feature set to its customers," said John Vice, President and CEO of Kodiak Networks. “"With the broadest 4G-network compatibility, the Kodiak InstaPoC platform is leading the evolution of push-to-talk and provides a powerful ecosystem for instant communication."
With PTT running over the 4G network, call set-up times and response times will be sub-second Users can talk one-on-one or in a group of up to 100 push to talk subscribers. The new 4G PTT service will include the Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE smartphone at time of launch and Sonim rugged devices at a later date. 4G PTT will have self-serve capability for set-up, contact and group management. Additionally, the 4G Push-to-Talk system will offer Talker Identification, Instant Personal Alert, and Real-time Presence which gives the user the ability to indicate if they are "available," for a call or in "do not disturb" mode.
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel.com) is the leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, with $1.2 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections including over 607,000 wireless accesses, 492,000 wireline network accesses, 250,000 internet accesses and 97,000 Max™ (TV) subscribers. SaskTel offers a wide range of communications products and services including competitive voice, data, internet, entertainment, security monitoring, messaging, cellular, wireless data and directory services. In addition, SaskTel International offers software solutions and project consulting in countries around the world. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).
About Kodiak Networks
A leading provider of mobile enterprise solutions and a pioneer in Push-to-Talk (PTT), Kodiak Networks (kodiaknetworks.com) is the developer of Kodiak InstaPoC™, the only OMA PoC v2.0 compliant solution to offer sub-second call setup. Kodiak was the first company to launch a PTT solution that enables wireless carriers to take advantage of their existing network capabilities. Today, Kodiak has the largest PTT network footprint in the world, with deployments in the largest Latin American, European and U.S. based carriers. In addition to PTT, Kodiak’s Connected Portfolio enables 4G, 3G, CDMA, GSM and UMTS carriers around the world to offer innovative mobile voice, and messaging solutions.
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