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July 23, 2013

C Spire Taps Ericsson for Push-to-Talk

C Spire Business Solutions has selected Ericsson to provide it with IP-based cloud services – powered by Kodiak Networks – to enable its new Push-To-Talk services. Push-To-Talk (PTT) enables people and groups to connect and communicate instantly at the push of a button.

"PTT continues to be very popular across many different industries with its simple, affordable approach," said Craig Borncamp, director of business sales for C Spire Business Solutions. "Working with Ericsson to introduce Kodiak Networks' IP-based cloud services technology in our network places us at the forefront in helping customers take full advantage of the inherent benefits of this service."

The services, which target businesses, government agencies and service organizations, deliver Push-To-Talk capabilities across a variety of new devices, including smartphones. The plan is to transition C Spire Business Solutions’ existing customers from the legacy platform to the cloud-based platform over the next 12 months.

 "With PTT as a cloud-based service, we can easily integrate applications and help companies like C Spire more effectively manage this service for their customers," said Craig Stein, head of broadband and media accounts for Ericsson. "Cloud-based PTT services help reduce the amount of time and equipment and network investments for operators."

C Spire Business Solutions caters to small and medium-sized businesses with a variety of services. The business prides itself on its personalized approach to customer service. It’s a unit of Ridgeland, Miss.-based C Spire Wireless, the largest privately held wireless communications provider in the United States.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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