Over-the-top (OTT) voice over IP services are increasingly popular among mobile customers, who consider them less-expensive alternatives to standard cellular voice. But these services have significant performance shortcomings in comparison to voice over LTE (VoLTE) offerings that mobile operators can provide, according to Nokia Solutions and Networks.
Operators are hedging their bets when it comes to over the top (OTT) messaging, embracing specialised OTT companies on the one hand, while on the other continuing to develop their own OTT messaging strategies.
Users of mobile video calling services such as Skype are forecast to increase to over 130 million users by 2018, but question marks remain over the potential for mobile video calling to generate revenues in its own right.
Google will drop its Google Voice service and move most of its functionality into its Hangouts apps for both Android and iOS, according to a 9to5Google report, which did not cite its sources.
BARCELONA, Spain--Kineto and Taqua announced that their respective technologies will play starring roles in Sprint's new Wi-Fi calling service, which is leveraging the growing ubiquity of Wi-Fi in homes and offices to bring its voice and messaging services indoors.
Vonage has agreed to pay $130 million for VOIP provider Vocalocity, which is focused on the small and medium business market. The deal will include $105 million in cash and $25 million in Vonage stock and is likely to close in the fourth quarter.
Nokia Siemens Networks said its recent tests of voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in a virtualized cloud environment verify end-to-end readiness of the technology.
SK Telecom's ongoing success with VoLTE adoption prompted Infonetics Research to up its 2013 VoLTE forecast, which now calls for 12 commercial VoLTE networks and 8 million VoLTE subscribers by year-end, with about three-quarters of those in Asia Pacific.
Comcast and Verizon continue to be the VoIP providers of choice for businesses, according to Infonetics Research's annual North America Business VoIP Service Leadership Scorecard.
Verizon Wireless is proceeding with plans to commercially introduce voice over LTE (VoLTE) in 2014, said an executive with the carrier's parent company.