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New push-to-talk over cellular service launched

  • By: Farm Tender "Prime"
  • Nov 29, 2017

A new PTToC entrant has set its sights on a broad range of potential users Australia-wide.

There’s a new entrant in the Australian communications sector in the form of ToooAir, which has launched a cellular-based PTToC (push-to-talk over cellular) service with custom-made rugged transceivers.

The ToooAir platform is a PTToC VoIP two-way communications system utilising the Telstra NextG 850 MHz network as its carrier. It has most of the features you’d expect from commercial LMR but covers a wider area — from coast to coast across Australia, in fact, wherever there is cellular reception.

The men behind the company are Paul Werner (CEO), who has previously operated a large communications firm whose reach spanned significant parts of Africa, and Peter Langbart (general manager), a radio and electronics industry veteran with 35 years under his belt.

“The idea is not new; however, digital technology and higher data speed through the cellular networks (including LTE) have now made this technology a practical alternative to traditional systems,” said Langbart, adding that the system is not intended for the public safety mission-critical market but rather is well suited to the transportation, construction, security, hospitality, warehousing, light industry, agricultural and 4x4/caravan convoy sectors.

“Compared to traditional PMR/LMR, ToooAir’s primary benefit is its Australia-wide coverage, plus reception in most tunnels and improved in-building reception,” Langbart added. “With more than 7000 repeater sites across Australia, the network offers unsurpassed urban and rural coverage.”

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