Push to talk - a brief explanation

Push to talk is the future of wide area group communications. But what should we really call it?

Here are some names it already goes by:

  • Push to talk over cellular (PoC)

  • Push to talk over broadband (PToB)

  • Push to talk

  • Network radio

  • LTE radio

Whatever you call it (my preference is PTToB or LTE radio), it works in the same way. There are always three elements:

  1. Hardware

  2. Access

  3. Service

Hardware can be Android or iOS, these are the most popular. As you can see from this site and elsewhere, there is a dizzying array of devices to choose from and more coming out daily it seems.

For access we use WiFi or mobile broadband. If you are working on one site with goo WiFi coverage, that should work fine. But if you want to unleash the true power of LTE radio, you'll need to go mobile. Check out our ultra competitive tariffs here.

Then there's the service element. There are lots to choose from. The most well known and widely use being Zello. Let's face it, if it's available for free, why pay for it right? And now that they offer Zello Work free for 5 years to emergency services and first responders, it's even more widely used.

Zello's good, and for the domestic and hobby market, it's a no brainer. But when it comes to choosing a service for a commercial application, it requires a bit more consideration, not least of which is the level of support you are going to receive form the service provider, and whether or not any wider integrations are required with legacy radio systems.

Our commercial offering at G6 Global is based on the industry leading TASSTA solution. For those of you who want to know more, just follow this link to our main website.

So that's it in a nutshell! If you have any questions, jump back to the homepage here and click on the profile icon you can see arrowed in the image to the right, to become a member and earn 10% discount on your first order.