Icom Offers Nationwide PTT over Cellular Service in United Kingdom
Friday, August 31, 2018 | Comments

Icom’s new push-to-talk (PTT) over cellular (PoC) radio system allows users to communicate with a two-way radio system over a Long Term Evolution (LTE) closed network.

The service offers license-free nationwide U.K. coverage without the use of repeaters, reducing the cost of infrastructure and maintenance of a wide-area radio network.

The PoC radio system will fall back to a 3G network if 4G is unavailable. The closed system will operate from a private LTE mobile data network providing an extra level of security. Individual calls, group calls or all calls can be made the same way as a conventional two-way radio.

The PoC radio system has been successfully deployed in Japan. The system — proven reliable and robust — has been running for more than two years and has numerous users.

The IP501H is the handset/radio used in Icom’s PoC solution. The radio handles both simplex and full-duplex communications and, in addition, conference calls in large groups, similar to a two-way radio. The radio is also equipped with an emergency button and emergency-related features including man-down and lone-worker functions.

The system will be available through Icom’s authorized business radio dealer network with various monthly contracts available to suit differing customer requirements. Each contract will include a dedicated built-in subscriber identity module (SIM) card that covers the three leading U.K. mobile phone carriers — EE, Vodafone and O2.

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