Qualcomm, Tata to launch push-to-talk telecom service

NEW DELHI: Qualcomm Inc, a global leader in code division multiple access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Tata Teleservices today announced having signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) to launch in India formers push-to-talk service and other next generation mobile services.

Tata Teleservices plans to use Qualcomms BrewChat solution to introduce push-to-talk telecom service in India. This service offers a walkie-talkie on a mobile phone and is being planned to be launched by Tata Teleservices by mid-2004, thereby making the Indian company to be the first CDMA service provider outside the US to launch this service. The Tata company would also become the first entity in the world to commercially launch the BrewChat solution.

The MoU provides a framework for Tata Teleservices to roll out Brew Chat-based services for up to seven million users. Tatas plan to offer Brew-based services to their wireless users in six states of Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Mahrashtra, Tata Teleservices President Amit Bose said, adding the services would be extended to 11 additional states in next few months.

Commenting on development, Qualcomm President Paul Jacobs said, "We are proud to welcome Tata Teleservices as a newest member of our worldwide operator community and thrilled with their plans to launch the Brew Chat solution".

Qualocomms Brew system provides products and services that connect the mobile marketplace value chain, which includes application developers, publishers, content providers, devise manufacturers, operators and consumers.

This particular chat solution enables quick push-to-chat functionality on 3G CDMA wireless devices and networks.

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