Kodiak expands voice apps

Kodiak Networks is expanding beyond its real-time exchange (RTX) platform with a series of innovative new messaging applications including voice SMS. The new applications are based on the Kodiak RTX platform, but they can be used with open operating system handset clients.

Kodiak--known for providing the push-to-talk service for operators such as Cingular Wireless, Alltel and Amp'd Mobile--developed the new applications as a way to provide wireless subscribers with more ways to reach out to people. The new applications include mobile conferencing, which lets subscribers conduct a conference call with any combination of numbers--whether wireless, wireline or VOIP; visual voice SMS, which sends a message to any mobile phone; and group SMS, which allows a subscriber to send one text message to multiple contacts.

Unlike most wireless application firms that focus on data application, Kodiak has always focused its energy on increasing carrier average revenue per user (ARPU) through innovative voice applications that will drive up carrier voice traffic. Kodiak Executive Vice President, Business Development & Product Marketing Bruce Lawler says that the firm believes that operators will have more success building applications for the voice network--because people understand how to use voice--rather than trying to drive people to the data network.

For more on Kodiak's application expansion:
- take a look at this press release