It's been more than two years since operators first started hinting that Voice over LTE would be widely deployed as a way to make their networks more efficient and provide customers with more advanced voice services. But after many fits and starts, the technology has yet to see any widespread traction in the U.S. market.
Now IP Multimedia Subsystem is gaining traction with VoLTE it is becoming a viable solution for enterprise communications with revenue expected to reach $1.2 billion (€866 million) through 2019.
Sprint will rely on its CDMA network and HD Voice technology for voice calling services for the foreseeable future, said Sprint Chief Network Officer John Saw. Saw said Sprint is investing in Voice over LTE technology, but doesn't have a timeline for deploying the service.
Next week the Competitive Carriers Association kicks off its annual spring show, this time in San Antonio, Texas, and attendees can expect keynote presentations from SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and Roger Sherman, the new chief of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. (Sherman is filling in for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who was scheduled to keynote the CCA event but instead now has to testify before Congress.) And key topics at the CCA event will include how to ensure smaller carriers can fully participate in the FCC's upcoming spectrum auctions, as well as how LTE roaming will work, whether competitive carriers will be able to offer Voice over LTE technology, and how they can offload data to Wi-Fi networks.
Verizon Communications' new product development group will focus on combining the company's wireless and wireline assets in areas including video and security, according to Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam.
BARCELONA, Spain- Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) is now poised to take off after a slow start, as more compatible handsets come to market and operators realise the benefits of transferring voice traffic to LTE networks, according to Radisys' senior manager of product marketing, Ray Adensamer.
BARCELONA, Spain--AT&T Mobility's Kris Rinne acknowledged the carrier has delayed its planned launch of Voice over LTE technology. The carrier had previously said it would launch the service by the end of 2013, but Rinne confirmed to FierceWireless that AT&T is still working on its VoLTE implementation.
Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) continue to make headway in the Asia-Pacific region after the equipment manufacturers completed tests of advanced LTE services for Telstra and China Mobile respectively.
Mobile network operators will generate revenues of close to $20 billion by 2018 through strategies involving internet-based voice or "carrier OTT".
Sprint is working with network vendor BroadSoft to enable next-generation IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) technology as well as Voice over LTE. However, Sprint has not given a firm timeline for when it will launch VoLTE service.