Kodiak Survey of LMR Users Shows that 75% Already Use Cell Phones to Augment LMR Communications

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Survey also projects increase in push-to-talk usage driven by need for enhanced coverage, broadband data, and access to smartphone applications that LMR cannot provide

Kodiak, a leading provider of broadband push-to-talk (PTT) solutions, today announced that a recent survey of land mobile radio (LMR) users conducted by Market in View indicates that 75% of users currently make use of a commercial cellular service to supplement LMR communications at work. The survey data also indicates that 84% of decision makers and 38% of end users are using cell phones to access productivity applications, in addition to voice, text, email and Internet. The survey, commissioned by Kodiak, represents more than ten industry verticals, including Public Safety, and has a sample base of 600 decision makers with LMR experience and 600 non-managerial LMR end users in the U.S.

Survey results indicate that business and public safety decision makers would increase the number of PTT users on their LMR networks by 47% when they augment their LMR networks with broadband PTT. The survey also shows that 61% of decision makers want to purchase broadband PTT from mobile network operators.

According to the survey, the top-three most desirable attributes of broadband PTT are: coverage (85%), support for 4G LTE/3G cellular networks and Wi-Fi (84%), and compatibility with the latest smartphones (81%). In addition, LMR business decision makers find private 1:1 calling to be an important attribute, as 78% responded that it was “extremely compelling” or “very compelling” and 77% indicated that information on a user’s availability before calling is a key attribute. The survey also shows that 76% of decision makers found the availability of low-cost, ruggedized feature phones a very or extremely compelling motivation to adopt push-to-talk services provided by carrier-integrated broadband PTT.

“The survey results clearly show LMR users are already using cell phones to augment LMR networks and that there is strong market interest in the use of broadband push-to-talk services from wireless operators,” said Bruce Lawler, Chief Product Officer of Kodiak. “Kodiak Broadband PTT enables seamless communications between users on cellular networks and those on LMR networks, significantly expanding the reach of the LMR network.”

“The LMR user survey we conducted validates the competitive strengths of a broadband PTT solution,” said William Gast, Partner of Market in View. “Organizations that have been using LMR can benefit from integrated push-to-talk services provided by cellular carriers.”

For more information about Kodiak Broadband PTT, please visit http://pushtotalkbykodiak.com.

About Kodiak
The leading provider of standards-based broadband Push-to-Talk, Kodiak delivers clear, reliable, sub-second calling performance with LMR interoperability over 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, and 3G networks. The Kodiak solution allows organizations to cost-effectively scale their LMR networks, add users, extend coverage, and access broadband data capabilities. The Kodiak-powered platform supports a robust partner ecosystem including iOS, Android handsets/tablets, ruggedized devices, dispatch consoles, accessories, and enterprise productivity applications. Kodiak has the largest carrier-integrated PTT network footprint in the world, with deployments across a number of carriers in North America, Latin America, and Europe, including AT&T, Bell Canada, KPN, Telefónica, and Verizon. For more information, contact press(at)kodiakptt(dot)com.

About Market in View
Market in View is a consultancy company capitalizing on the unique combination of market knowledge and technology expertise to identify strategic and actionable business opportunities. With both a market and technology focus, Market in View works to ensure successful, revenue-generating decisions for driving business growth. Market in View was founded in August 2003 by Elisabeth Gibbons and William Gast and is based near Raleigh and the Research Triangle in North Carolina.

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