Nextel Communications

introduced yesterday International Direct Connect walkie-talkie service that it said would provide “under-a-second” digital push-to-talk connections between the U.S., Brazil, Argentina and Perus, as well as between the U.S. and Canada. Data services including mobile e-mail, two-messaging and wireless Web access also are available. “Nextel is taking instant walkie-talkie service beyond international borders with ranges of 7000 miles,” said Tom Kelly, executive vice president and chief operating officer, in a statement. The service will be provided via a partnership with NII Holdings, which provides mobile communications services to business customers in Latin America, and Telus Mobility, which provides wireless voice and data communications across Canada.