Kodiak Networks and KYOCERA Wireless Corp. to Jointly Market CDMA Push-to-Talk Solutions
KYOCERA announces continued support of Kodiak Advanced Voice Services (AVS) platform on a growing line of PTT-enabled handsets
SAN DIEGO & SAN RAMON, Calif. -- Aug. 24, 2004 -- Kodiak Networks, a leading provider of advanced wireless systems, and Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA handsets, announced an alliance to jointly market Kyocera handsets supporting the Kodiak Real-time Exchange(TM) (RTX) platform worldwide. Together, Kyocera and Kodiak provide a fully-integrated premium solution to CDMA operators interested in adding advanced voice services, including push-to-talk (PTT), to their existing networks.
PTT and other advanced voice services comprise one of the fastest growing wireless technology segments globally. Handset manufacturers like Kyocera Wireless Corp. have begun integrating instant voice technology into new models serving all pricing tiers, expanding the reach of PTT technology from enterprise customers to a broader consumer audience.
The companies have already launched two Kyocera models utilizing the Kodiak platform. In January 2004, U.S. operator ALLTEL introduced the Kyocera 3250 with the launch of its Touch2Talk(TM) service and in June, the SE44 tri-mode Slider PTT was added to the ALLTEL lineup. In addition, Wisconsin-based operator Cellcom recently added both models to its Chirp(R) PTT service offering. The companies confirmed that new Kyocera handsets supporting the Kodiak handset software will be introduced in the coming months. The companies are working with a number of other wireless carriers around the world.
The Kodiak RTX Solution distinguishes itself from other push-to-talk (PTT) systems with several significant capabilities critical to customers:
- Low intra-call latency
- High-quality voice
- Instant availability
- Instant calling (including PTT)
- Permission-based contact and group list management
- Call waiting for PTT and cellular calls
- Instant upgrade from PTT to cellular calls
"We are very pleased to partner with Kyocera on these Kodiak-enabled handsets," said Bruce Lawler, Kodiak Networks vice president, business development. "Kyocera's reputation for innovative design and feature-rich wireless phones is well deserved. They understand the tremendous market opportunity for purpose-built handsets with high-performance push-to-talk and advanced voice services capabilities."
"We've experienced great success with the two Kodiak-enabled handsets we've launched to date and look forward bringing new models to market in the coming months," said Don McGuire, VP of Global Marketing and North American Sales for Kyocera Wireless Corp. "By integrating Kodiak's high-performance PTT client into our intuitive, easy-to-use handsets, we're enabling a much broader audience to instantly connect with family, friends and business associates."
Kodiak Networks (www.kodiaknetworks.com) is the leading advanced wireless voice systems innovator with commercial systems in over a dozen countries around the world. The Kodiak Real-Time Exchange(TM) (RTX) System is a breakthrough in integrated instant voice calling, availability and conferencing. The Kodiak RTX System can be integrated into any existing cellular network, enabling carriers to increase revenue, profit and customer retention and to attract new customers without costly retrofits of network infrastructure.
Kodiak Networks uniquely offers GSM and CDMA advanced wireless systems that can be easily scaled from independent operators to multi-national carriers. The company has partnerships with several global providers of handset technology, including Kyocera Wireless and has numerous patents pending in the areas of high-speed packet-switching, signaling and call control. Headquartered in San Ramon, California, USA, the company is privately held and has additional operations in Plano, Texas; Bangalore, India and Swindon, United Kingdom.About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA handsets and accessories for customers worldwide. Based in San Diego, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. For more information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com.
Kyocera Corporation, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2004, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$11 billion (JP 1,140,814 Yen million) with net income of approximately US$655 million (JP 68,086 Yen million).
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