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Journey to PTT: Are We Nearing an Inflection Point?

Donny Jackson  (Editor, IWCE's Urgent Communications)

Pass Type: All Access

Track: Broadband

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Always one of the liveliest sessions at IWCE, this year’s push-to-talk (PTT) discussion should be no exception. Push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) services have established a foothold in the marketplace, particularly within enterprise settings and as solutions that can support voice interoperability with modern IP systems and traditional land-mobile-radio (LMR) networks. Meanwhile, industry analysts continue to closely monitor developments with mission-critical-push-to-talk (MCPTT) technology, which has been available in the U.S. from multiple carriers for almost two years.

There are numerous lingering questions surrounding PoC and MCPTT. Will first responders deem MCPTT to be mission critical, as its name suggests? With ProSe seemingly abandoned, is there another way for MCPTT to address the need for direct-mode communications that doesn’t depend on terrestrial infrastructure? Do first responders value interoperability or mission-critical performance more—and should they have to make a choice? Can MCPTT replace mission-critical LMR?

Join us to hear the latest updates on these and other hot-button topics.