Hungary gains push to talk technology

T-Mobile has commercially launched Hungary's first push to talk service. It is available in T-Mobile Hungary's 2G and 3G networks and uses a Nokia solution. The deal is part of an international frame agreement signed in 2004, under which T-Mobile International has chosen the Nokia Push to talk over Cellular (PoC) network solution. With push to talk, people can use their mobile phones like walkie-talkies, communicating with a selected group or with individuals at the push of a button. Both business and private users can benefit from this simple, direct communication.

Push to talk is especially suited for cases where users need to communicate occasionally but repeatedly with the same group or individual. Nokia's end-to-end push to talk solution offers a full feature set, and it will comply with the upcoming OMA standard and the IP multimedia subsystem as standardised in 3GPP. In turn, it will support several variants of push-to-media, such as video.

T-Mobile Hungary Telecommunication Company Ltd has 4 million subscribers, and provides quality GSM services at frequencies 900 and 1800 MHz throughout Hungary. The company won a 15-year UMTS licence granted by the National Communications Authority and was the first in Hungary to launch commercial 3G services, such as video-phoning. On 18 April 2002 T-Mobile Hungary became the first GSM operator in the world to launch overall commercial MMS services.

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