Having recently read an ITWeb article about proposals to introduce Push to talk Over Cellular (POC), I pondered the implications of this initiative. On the one hand, this is pretty innovative of the cellular service providers, as they open up another market niche for themselves. With the security industry being such a dynamic one in this country, I feel sure that the two-way radio specialists currently have a steady flow of business. For the Celluar service providers this is just another potential revenue stream, and it makes sense to pursue the opportunity. How will the radio handset vendors compete?
On the other hand, the use of POC technology gives the security agencies a means of monitoring previously unheard communications in terms of RICA.
This also gives ICASA an opening to eventually decomission all commercial and private analogue radio devices that are not associated with Essential Services. (even these are going digital sooner rather than later)
Valuable radio spectrum could probably be freed up as a result of the walkie-talkie traffic being routed via the Cellular frequencies.
For the paranoid, will the use of analogue devices eventually be outlawed? We`ll just have to wait and see.
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