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Kuwait gets Push to Talk

Wataniya, Kuwait's second mobile licence holder, has commercially launched Push to Talk services, allowing users to have instant 1-to-1 and 1-to-many communications.

Kuwait’s Wataniya Telecom has launched Push to Talk services for the first time in the country, enabling instant one-to-one and one-to-many communications.

“With Push to Talk, customers can communicate with each other either in groups or individually by pushing a single button. It functions in a similar way to the ‘walkie-talkie’ technology,” says Jukka Paasivaara, director of sales, Wataniya Telecom.

There are a number of Push to Talk enabled handsets in the market and the service is accessible to anyone over the Wataniya network. Customers can refer to the Wataniya website or call 121 for more information.

The world’s first Push to Talk over Cellular (PoC) call was made in the Middle East by Jordanian operator Fastlink in 2003. Since then, the UAE’s Etisalat commercially launched it offering in February 2006 following a trial period that attracted 87,000 users. Mobily, the second GSM licence holder in Saudi Arabia, is formalising its PoC plans.

According to research company In-Stat, Push to Talk over Cellular (PoC) services will grow substantially over the next five years, reaching 150 million users internationally by 2008.

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