TELUS expands PTT

19 Jan 2005

The Canadian wireless operator TELUS Mobility is set to launch a push-to-talk service over its main CDMA network to complement its existing PTT offering. TELUS has been providing the walkie-talkie service on its smaller iDEN network since September 1996, but is keen to expand its PTT coverage in preparation for the launch of a rival service by its competitor, Bell Canada. Bell Canada was expected to introduce PTT services last year but has delayed the launch until 2005. Operators in the US have been quicker to capitalise on the popularity of PTT services, with Verizon and Sprint PCS introducing services alongside the long-running offering from Nextel in 2003.