Kodiak Networks will provide the new platform for SaskTel's new Push-to-Talk (PTT) service.

Running over SaskTel's national 4G network that covers 98 percent of Saskatchewan's population, the new PTT service basically turns your mobile into an innovative walkie talkie service, replacing the outdated 10-4 format operating on its CDMA network.

Advantages of PTT running over the 4G network include rapid call set-up/response times in sub-seconds as well the ability to talk one-on-one or in a group of up to 100 push-to-talk subscribers. 4G PTT will also have self-serve capability for set-up, contact and group management and will offer Talker Identification, Instant Personal Alert, and Real-time Presence, which gives the user the ability to indicate if they are "available," for a call or in "do not disturb" mode.

Jason Durant, SaskTel's acting Chief Marketing Officer adds: "Working closely with Kodiak, we have developed an excellent service for our 4G customers. We expect the transition to be smooth. We will waive any early device upgrade fees for current 10-4 subscribers who are ready to upgrade to the new 4G Push-to-Talk devices so they can continue to enjoy the benefits of push-to-talk."

Durant said the new 4G PTT service will include the Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE smartphone at launch and Sonim rugged devices will be added soon after.

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