Qualcomm revamps QChat platform to help operators deliver IP communications

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NEW ORLEANS--Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) is extending its QChat push to talk platform to deliver IP communications services. According to the company, the new platform, called Yagatta, will deliver better-performing over the top communications services such as messaging, video and voice over IP.

Mark Jacobstein, vice president of product management for Qualcomm iSkoot, said that the Yagatta platform is not a competitor to the industry's Rich Communications Suite, which is currently being standardized. "This is a complementary platform," Jacobstein said. "We think there's a need for an IP communications platform that creates a better user experience and offers more flexibility."

Jacobstein founded iSkoot Technologies, a mobile web solutions company that helped develop the mobile Skype platform and was acquired by Qualcomm in 2010.

Specifically, Jocobstein said that Yagatta offers three components to help operators and others integrate over the top services into the network. The first component is a back-end server that connects to the network. The second element is an application developer kit for the client and the third element is the applications. Qualcomm has already developed one application for Yagatta, called Yagatta Talk, which lets consumers talk, text and send video via one app.

Jacobstein said the Yagatta platform is "silicon agnostic," meaning it doesn't need to be used in conjunction with Qualcomm's chipsets.

Although the main target for Yagatta is the mobile operator, Jacobstein said that other possible customers could be the over-the-top companies or device makers that are looking to build more network-efficient IP services.

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