& cplSiteName &

Verizon to Launch HD VoLTE in 'Coming Weeks'

Sarah Thomas
8/26/2014
50%
50%

Verizon's long-awaited nationwide launch of voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) is slated to begin "in the coming weeks," bringing high-definition voice and video calling to compatible smartphones.

Verizon Wireless announced what it's calling "Advanced Calling 1.0" on Tuesday via a blog post. It promised a simplified contact list with video camera icons next to those who are equipped to receive video calls, which can easily be switched to from voice calls and vice versa. The audio for voice and video calls will also be delivered in HD, it says. (See Verizon VoLTE Testing Spotted.)

To take advantage of VoLTE, both parties on the call must be Verizon customers on capable handsets. The carrier says it has been seeding the market with handsets, which it will VoLTE-enable with a software upgrade going forward. (See Apple Eyes VoLTE as 4G Voice Gets Real.)


Catch up on all the 4G voice advances on our dedicated VoLTE/rich communications channel here on Light Reading.


Verizon is the third of the big four to launch VoLTE. The technology has been in the works at the carrier for years, but has suffered many delays and setbacks. Unlike its competitors, Verizon is launching nationwide rather than in select cities. Because Verizon would eventually like to offer VoLTE-only calling, making sure its LTE network is up to the task is critical. For now, VoLTE will just be an "opt-in" choice on handsets, and Verizon customers will still have 3G calling as a fallback. (See Verizon Beefing Up Network for VoLTE, Multicast Video and Verizon Promises Voice-Over-LTE in 2014.)

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has VoLTE up and running in parts of four states, while T-Mobile US Inc. claims nationwide coverage. HD voice champion Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) has yet to commit to a VoLTE timeline, although the latest rumors have it looking at mid-2015 for a launch. New CEO Marcelo Claure promised at a recent town hall to have an answer in the future to an internal question about why T-Mobile has VoLTE and Sprint doesn't. (See Sprint CEO: Price Cuts First, Best Network Next , T-Mobile Expands VoLTE, Gets Going with 700MHz 4G, T-Mobile Beats AT&T, Verizon to VoLTE and AT&T Confirms VoLTE Launch in 4 States.)

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

(16)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
sowen557
50%
50%
sowen557,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/4/2015 | 8:59:43 AM
RCS alive?
Is this a late April's fools article?
pcharles09
50%
50%
pcharles09,
User Rank: Light Beer
8/31/2014 | 10:36:03 PM
Re: CDMA handoff
"Verizon could also upgrade their entire network to Release 10 and attempt to implement something similar to eSRVCC, but that would've further delayed their VoLTE launch."

@milan03,

Which would be better?
milan03
50%
50%
milan03,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/27/2014 | 2:06:13 AM
Re: CDMA handoff
I guess you could look at it that way. You can also compare it to Verizon's Tier 1 competitors that are offering VoLTE->3G/2G mid-call handoff just fine. Most of that has to do with 3GPP fallback architecture.

That opt-in on Verizon's site is clearly the safety created to put a concious decision on consumers for that exact lack of handoff.

Verizon could also upgrade their entire network to Release 10 and attempt to implement something similar to eSRVCC, but that would've further delayed their VoLTE launch.
pcharles09
50%
50%
pcharles09,
User Rank: Light Beer
8/27/2014 | 12:30:33 AM
Re: CDMA handoff
@milan03,

Verizon service is typically viewed as the flagship with few dropped calls in most places. Why switch it up now... for premium service that will drop calls?
jabailo
50%
50%
jabailo,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/26/2014 | 10:48:56 PM
Re: CDMA handoff
Sounds like the way it was 15 years ago when PCS arrived.   Then it was only in Metro areas.   At one point, one of the largest carriers here in Washington was successful...because it ran an analog network that served the rural areas not yet covered by the new mass market cell services!
milan03
50%
50%
milan03,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/26/2014 | 7:39:08 PM
Re: CDMA handoff
There will be no handoff to CDMA. If you exit the LTE coverage area during that VoLTE call, your voice session completely drops.

I'm guessing this is why Verizon wants their subscribers to "Opt-In" to VoLTE by logging into their Verizon accounts and agreeing the terms... On other operators it's a matter of simply flipping the switch in the UE settings...

There is always something with Verizon.
jabailo
50%
50%
jabailo,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/26/2014 | 4:02:54 PM
Re: Future of Skype
...single-mode LTE phones...

That should be a boon for battery life on smartphones.

At least with mine, it seems like keeping the CDMA network active is the main drain of energy.

 
jabailo
50%
50%
jabailo,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/26/2014 | 1:20:20 PM
Future of Skype
What does this say about the future of independent VoIP applications like Skype?  Will this just become normal for phone carriers to provide apps that do phone services?

I look for the day of the all-Internet handset (what might really be called the UMPC or Ultra-Mobile PC) that doesn't even have a CDMA connection, just regular LTE/tcpip.

 
Gabriel Brown
50%
50%
Gabriel Brown,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/26/2014 | 11:20:01 AM
Re: Supplier of VoLTE?
A service like this is really best evaluated "hands-on". It would be well worth getting a review unit and writing it up on LR.
Gabriel Brown
100%
0%
Gabriel Brown,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/26/2014 | 11:18:40 AM
Re: Supplier of VoLTE?
Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia (NSN), I think.

But VoLTE is a service that impacts the entire network from radio to core, so many vendors are involved.
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
From The Founder
Either we perform a complete 'factory reset' on the way the telecom industry creates and deploys virtualization, or we face the consequences.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Custom TV
The Urgency of Commercial 5G Services

4|26|17   |     |   (0) comments


The progress of 5G has been closely monitored in the industry. At the 2017 Brooklyn 5G Summit, the sense of urgency for a commercial 5G launch had started to surface among operators.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
How Diversity Helps Comcast Mirror Its Customer Base

4|26|17   |   2:55   |   (0) comments


Diversity brings innovation, creative ideas and a way to reflect the broad spectrum of your customer base, Comcast Director of Customer Experience Jenelle Champlin says.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Mobile Operators & Video

4|25|17   |     |   (0) comments


Ovum's Ed Barton discusses the latest mobile operator strategies for mobile video.
LRTV Custom TV
Infinera Introduces Instant Network

4|20|17   |     |   (1) comment


Mike Capuano, vice president of marketing at Infinera, discusses the advancement from Instant Bandwidth to new Instant Network capabilities, which include Bandwidth License Pools, Moveable Licenses and Automated Capacity Engineering (ACE).
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Vodafone's Eubank on Sponsors, Mentors & Moving On Up

4|19|17   |   4:25   |   (0) comments


Vodafone America's Head of Operations Kimberly Eubank breaks down the difference between a sponsor and a mentor and shares why both made a big difference in her career.
LRTV Custom TV
NYC Auto Show: Are We Smart Yet?

4|18|17   |     |   (0) comments


The auto industry is facing some big transformations as electric vehicles, autonomous technology and connected cars are seen as the future of the industry. During the much-anticipated NY international auto show, there was an emergence of new technology and mobility service on the show floor. Aside from performance, brands like Lincoln, Hyundai, Honda, Mercedes and ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Impact of Video

4|18|17   |     |   (0) comments


David Mercer from Strategy Analytics discusses the impact of video on current strategies.
LRTV Custom TV
Pardeep Kohli Discusses Network Transformation & the Market Opportunity for the 'New' Mavenir Systems

4|13|17   |     |   (0) comments


In a brief discussion at MWC 2017, Heavy Reading analyst Adi Kishore talks to Pardeep Kohli, CEO, Mavenir Systems about the creation of the 'new Mavenir' and some of the key challenges facing operators in today's market. A key theme of the discussion centers around operator need for software-only, virtualized solutions and how they will need to adapt to ...
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Tech Maverick Shares Her Tips for Gender Inclusivity

4|12|17   |   7:28   |   (0) comments


Wendy Hall Bohling, a corporate escapee, author and gender exclusivity consultant, tells her story of sexism, bias and progress along the road to gender equality in the workforce.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei at MWC 2017

4|11|17   |     |   (0) comments


At Mobile World Congress 2017, the biggest mobile industry gathering of the year, Huawei showcased its new innovations and solutions with the theme "Open Road," which focuses on cloud, 5G, operation transformation, videos and consumer-oriented products. Its campaign has been recognized by three awards given by GSMA.
LRTV Custom TV
China Telecom NFV Infrastructure on RSD

4|6|17   |     |   (0) comments


Lynn Comp, senior director of market development of Intel, is joined by Chong Zhang, storage engineer at Inspur and Ou Li Yan, architect for technology strategies of China Telecom, for a discussion of what NFV brings.
LRTV Custom TV
Nokia's IMPACT Software Demo

4|6|17   |     |   (0) comments


Khamis Abulgubein of IoT market development at Nokia demonstrates IMPACT (intelligent management platform for all connected things), a software solution with a horizontal approach to managing any device on any application.
Upcoming Live Events
May 15-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
May 15, 2017, Brazos Hall - Austin, TX
May 15, 2017, Austin Convention Center - Austin, TX
June 6, 2017, The Joule Hotel, Dallas, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
Surprise! AT&T Markets 4G Advances as '5G Evolution'
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/25/2017
Did Verizon Outbid AT&T for Straight Path?
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/25/2017
First Year TIPs the Scale Toward Success
Denise Culver, 4/24/2017
Verizon: Small Biz in Cybercrooks' Crosshairs
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/27/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
One of the nice bits of my job (other than the teeny tiny salary, obviously) is that I get to pick and choose who I interview for this slot on the Light Reading home ...
TEOCO Founder and CEO Atul Jain talks to Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the challenges around cost control and service monetization in the mobile and IoT sectors.
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.