Light Reading

Verizon's Journey to VoLTE, in Videos

Sarah Thomas
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
Networks of the future will rely on "white box" switches and servers rather than proprietary hardware and that's going to alter the shape of the communications industry. Who says so? John Chambers.
LRTV Custom TV
The Benefits of HyperScale Clouds for NFV

3|27|15   |   01:50   |   (0) comments


Hyperscale cloud has been developed by the Internet giants to support the creation and delivery of software-based services at blistering speeds, and at the lowest possible cost. The original ETSI NFV vision was to adopt hyperscale cloud architecture and practices. This vision has become somewhat obscured along the way, due to misunderstandings about the hyperscale ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
eLTE Rapid Meets the Need for Speed

3|26|15   |   4:45   |   (0) comments


Designed especially for emergency and dedicated ad hoc local mobile communications coverage, Huawei's eLTE Rapid solution can deliver trunked voice, video and data coverage for multiple users over a 6km range and be set up in just 15 minutes, explains Huawei's Norman Frisch.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
On Videos: Challenges & Opportunities

3|26|15   |   5:56   |   (0) comments


Most everything is now connected. And along with 4K and 4G technologies, everyone could be creating and broadcasting video contents. Users are expecting better video experience with any screen, anywhere and anytime. Operators will meet new challenges, but also see some big opportunities.
LRTV Custom TV
JDSU: Delivering Dynamic Networks for a Personalized Experience

3|26|15   |   5:59   |   (0) comments


Light Reading speaks to JDSU at Mobile World Congress 2015 about new solutions in the areas of HetNets, VoLTE, backhaul, virtualization, big data analytics, and real-time intelligence.
LRTV Custom TV
Smarter Service Chaining & New Ways to Benefit From Qosmos Technology

3|25|15   |   03:11   |   (0) comments


David Le Goff, director of strategic and product marketing at Qosmos, explains how the company has added application awareness to subscriber information to make service chaining more efficient and reduce costs for networking and infrastructure. In addition, Qosmos technology, which has been delivered as C libraries, is now also available as a virtual machine, ...
Between the CEOs
Qosmos CEO: The Changing Face of DPI

3|24|15   |   13:53   |   (0) comments


LR CEO and Founder Steve Saunders sits down with the head of Qosmos to talk about the changing state of the art in deep packet inspection technology, including its role in SDN and NFV architectures. Also, how the comms market is becoming more like the automotive industry.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
FC Schalke Scores With Its Agile Stadium

3|24|15   |   6:23   |   (0) comments


Top German soccer club FC Schalke 04 has deployed a new, agile WiFi network from Huawei in its Veltins-Arena stadium and is reaping the benefits in terms of customer satisfaction and business opportunities, explains marketing chief Alexander Jobst.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei’s Insights on Mobile Video

3|24|15   |   7:51   |   (0) comments


More people than ever are now watching videos on smartphones. Seventy percent of mobile traffic will be video traffic until 2018. In this video, Huawei's exports give their insights on mobile video in terms of business model, network planning and 4G network construction.
LRTV Documentaries
The Rise of Industry 4.0

3|24|15   |   02:26   |   (9) comments


Are you ready for the fourth industrial revolution? It's a big deal for influential operators such as Deutsche Telekom.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Getting Connected With eLTE

3|23|15   |   06:04   |   (0) comments


Trunked radio communications have entered the 4G LTE world, and with Huawei's eLTE solution, can now deliver a full range of data and video services as well as push-to-talk voice, explains Huawei's Norman Frisch.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Funkwerk’s on Track With Huawei

3|19|15   |   3:23   |   (0) comments


GSM-R technology specialist Funkwerk and Huawei have forged a partnership that is benefiting both parties, notes Funkwerk's Gottfried Winter.
LRTV Documentaries
How EANTC Tested Cisco's Virtualization Solutions

3|18|15   |   5:49   |   (0) comments


Carsten Rossenhövel, managing director of independent test lab EANTC, tells Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the innovative approach his team had to take when validating Cisco's service provider virtualization and cloud solutions.
Upcoming Live Events
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 5, 2015, Hyatt McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
May 6, 2015, Georgia World Congress, Atlanta, GA
May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 10, 2015, Chicago, IL
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Hot Topics
AT&T Woos SMBs With Small-Scale WiFi
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 3/26/2015
The Rise of Industry 4.0
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 3/24/2015
Google Hires Wall Street's Most Influential Woman as CFO
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 3/24/2015
Just Don't Say IBM Is 'Relaunching' Networking Business
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 3/26/2015
Average US Broadband Speeds No Great Shakes
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 3/25/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
LR CEO and Founder Steve Saunders sits down with the head of Qosmos to talk about the changing state of the art in deep packet inspection technology, including its role in SDN and NFV architectures.
Chattanooga’s EPB publicly owned utility comms company has become a poster child for how to enable a local economy using next-gen networking technology. Steve Saunders, Founder of Light Reading, sits down with Harold DePriest, president and CEO of EPB, to learn how EPB is bringing big time tech to small town America.
Cats with Phones
Interspecies Phone Love Click Here
"No, you hang up."
"No, YOU hang up."
Latest Comment