Juniper Research: Active VoLTE connections to exceed 1B by 2018

The number of voice over LTE (VoLTE) connections is expected to reach 2 billion by 2020, rising from an estimated 123 million in 2015. According to a report by Juniper Research, the marked improvement in voice quality enabled by VoLTE is likely to spur increased adoption of the technology. Direct revenues from VoLTE will be limited at first, with increased availability of compatible handsets driving adoption of the technology. Network operators will initially focus on experience and quality of service, rather than monetisation, with failure to deliver a high-quality offering at the outset potentially resulting in churn to rival operators. Operators competing on quality of service are also investing in Wi-Fi calling aimed at tackling the internal coverage issue. The research found that operators are launching the service to add value for the customers with little investment, where VoLTE is focused on operator network efficiency. Release