Light Reading
Verizon reminds us it still has VoLTE on the way, and it will be nationwide with several handset options and video calling when it launches.

Verizon's Journey to VoLTE, in Videos

Sarah Reedy
5/21/2014
50%
50%

Following news of AT&T's imminent voice-over-LTE launch, Verizon is reminding people it's not too far behind. And, unlike its competitor, it says it will launch VoLTE nationwide with several handsets and video calling from the off.

It has yet to set the launch date, but a Verizon spokeswoman writes in a blog post that it will be coming in the next few months and will be a national rollout with a "tangible volume of handsets." (See VoLTE: So Close You Can Hear It and Verizon Promises Voice-Over-LTE in 2014.)

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is launching VoLTE in select parts of four states on one handset tomorrow and is planning to do a market-by-market rollout after that. (See AT&T Confirms VoLTE Launch in 4 States.)

Light Reading learned back in July that between AT&T and Verizon Wireless , one would launch with just circuit-switched parity and the other would have a richer voice experience. Verizon is now answering the question of which is which, and the more robust rollout could explain its many delays with 4G voice. (See Shades of VoLTE.)

The Verizon spokeswoman says the service will support HD voice using the AMR-wideband standard and support video calling, including making and receiving video calls directly from the contact lists and the ability to switch from voice-only to a video call. She says that more Rich Communications Services are still to come, including large file transfer, robust group messaging, and location sharing.

Since Verizon is launching video calling, it only seems appropriate to look back at its journey to get to this point through videos. In the following video from Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Bill Stone, Verizon's executive director of network, brags about completing the first VoLTE call on the carrier's commercial LTE network back in March of 2011. (See Ericsson, Samsung, Verizon Try VoLTE.)

Of course, let's not forget that Stone also told us at that time that it would have VoLTE deployed in 2012... (See MWC 2011: Verizon Plans VoLTE for 2012.)

Just over two years later the carrier announced it had substantially completed its 4G LTE network rollout, having launched its 500th market, which was really the turning point that allowed it to focus on launching VoLTE. As a CDMA operator, Verizon falling back to 3G when its customers go out of a 4G zone is much more complicated than switching back to a GSM network. Verizon Wireless' Chief Network Officer Nicola Palmer explained what the network milestone meant for the operator in the following video from June 2013. (See Qualcomm Makes First VoLTE-to-3G Hand-Off.)

And, if you need a refresher on what VoLTE is, how it works, and why, Spirent Communications plc (NYSE: SPM; London: SPT) posted this thriller back in 2012 to break it all down.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
SReedy
50%
50%
SReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
5/22/2014 | 5:04:43 PM
Re: voice to video
haha, nice. We are, in many ways, living out the Jetsons now!
Ariella
50%
50%
Ariella,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/22/2014 | 12:29:46 PM
Re: voice to video
@Sarah that would be a good idea, and it would eliminate the need for this: 

 
SReedy
50%
50%
SReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
5/22/2014 | 12:22:26 PM
Re: voice to video
I did a call this morning over Lync, and I could see him the whole time on video, but I think I was audio only...I think. I was worried the whole time he could see me! I imagine video will be a feature you have to enable and/or approve, at least I hope, for the sake of not wanting to be seen as well as for your data plan.
Ariella
50%
50%
Ariella,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/21/2014 | 12:48:14 PM
Re: voice to video
yes, it does have those advantages. The only downside is that people would have to be ready for video calls at all times. Maybe we'll have to have an app that shows a neat desk no matter what the real one looks like. 
SReedy
50%
50%
SReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
5/21/2014 | 11:47:36 AM
voice to video
The ability to switch seamlessly from voice calls to video calls is pretty cool, just for fun applications, but also business. It would mean no more scheduling video chats, making sure the app is open on both ends and waiting for that call. I am interested to see how well this actually works.
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
Flash Poll
From The Founder
Is your network built on 'The Old IP,' or are you part of 'The New IP' revolution?
LRTV Documentaries
A Cultural Shift for an OTT World

9|26|14   |   01:41   |   (3) comments


Telcos need to embrace a new approach to partnerships if they are to generate extra revenues quickly and give customers what they want.
LRTV Documentaries
New Skills Needed as Telecom, IT Collide

9|26|14   |   4:07   |   (1) comment


As telecom and IT collide, new technologies are emerging, new skills are needed and new opportunities for women are arising.
UBB Forum News
Do IP Networks Need An Overhaul?

9|25|14   |   02:01   |   (0) comments


As traffic levels ramp, do IP networks need new technologies and topologies?
LRTV Documentaries
Sprint Wields Its Influence in the Valley

9|25|14   |   3:09   |   (10) comments


Anne-Louise Kardas, Sprint's connection to startups in the Valley, explains how telcos can be innovative and find new opportunities with partners.
LRTV Documentaries
SDN, NFV & The Future of XO's Network

9|25|14   |   3:47   |   (0) comments


XO Communications COO Don MacNeil explains how cloud, SDN and NFV are altering its network requirements as well as changing data centers of the future.
UBB Forum News
The OTT Conundrum

9|24|14   |   01:39   |   (0) comments


What is holding back prosperous partnerships between telcos and the OTT players?
LRTV Documentaries
Putting Broadband to Work

9|24|14   |   01:26   |   (0) comments


High-speed broadband network rollout is key to telco strategies, but it's what happens after the network is built that counts.
Light Reedy
Light Reading's Women in Telecom Recap

9|24|14   |   0:55   |   (4) comments


Our first Women in Telecom breakfast was a huge success, and we hope you'll join us in London for the next event on November 6.
UBB Forum News
Monetizing Ultra-Broadband

9|24|14   |   01:43   |   (2) comments


Ultra-broadband networks need to be built, with fiber-to-the-premises the ultimate goal, but they need to be monetized, too.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Sales Director of INIT on Plug & Play Switch Devices

9|19|14   |   3:21   |   (0) comments


INIT Italy uses both the Huawei S5700 and S7700 series switches for the campus LAN environment. Sales Director Andrea Curti says their company chose these Huawei devices over others because of their performance, flexible scalability and plug-and-play features.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Saudi Arabia Upgrades Vocational Training System

9|19|14   |   3:31   |   (0) comments


The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) has 100,000 students, 150 government-owned institutions and oversees 1000 private institutes. The CIO of TVTC explains that Huawei devices have allowed them to manage multiple datacenters using just one software program, scientifically tracking the progress of students and teachers, saving them millions.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Media Solutions Are Here to Stay

9|19|14   |   4:35   |   (0) comments


The current media revolution requires rapid upgrades in technology. New formats (HD, 3D, 4K etc.) and the subsequent explosion of file sizes demand sophisticated network and storage architecture. Social media and the multiple distribution channels require a robust asset management system. Gartner analyst Venecia Liu speaks about the current technological trends in ...
Upcoming Live Events
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Half of the world's population will be connected to the Internet by 2017, but not just by smartphones and desktops.
Hot Topics
Facebook Pokes Around LTE Direct
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/25/2014
Sprint Wields Its Influence in the Valley
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/25/2014
US Ignite Cultivates Gigabit Apps
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, 9/25/2014
Comcast Turns Off Streampix
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 9/26/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed