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Verizon Takes Radio Dot to Detroit, VoLTE OverseasVerizon Takes Radio Dot to Detroit, VoLTE Overseas

Carrier has deployed Ericsson's small cell system at its Detroit regional headquarters, as well as demonstrating international VoLTE roaming with DoCoMo and KT.

Sarah Thomas

February 27, 2015

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Verizon Takes Radio Dot to Detroit, VoLTE Overseas

Verizon is making important technology moves both at home and overseas. The carrier will be the first to deploy Ericsson's Radio Dot small cell system in the US and has successfully demonstrated international voice-over-LTE calling with two international telcos.

The carrier announced on Friday that it has installed Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)'s Radio Dot small cell architecture at its regional headquarters building in metro Detroit. Verizon Wireless says it will use the small cells to support its HD voice service and video calling over LTE. Ericsson is managing the system on Verizon's behalf and has been testing it in the company's Walnut Creek, Calif. lab for the last year.

In a separate announcement, Verizon said it has completed the first transoceanic HD VoLTE roaming call with NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM). DoCoMo and KT Corp. have also completed what they're calling the world's first HD voice and video call via VoLTE roaming. DoCoMo says it is planning to commercialize international VoLTE roaming services by the end of the year, which will also benefit KT and Verizon through their LTE roaming agreements. (See NTT DoCoMo to Launch VoLTE Service.)

For more on small cells, head over to the small cell content channel on Light Reading.

Why this matters
Both of these announcements are proof points of two important technologies for Verizon. While the Ericsson deal is small in scope, Verizon's Detroit headquarters will serve as a testing ground for the Radio Dot system before the vendor takes it elsewhere. Launching with Verizon is also important for Ericsson, which has only gone live with Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) so far. (See Verizon Welcomes Ericsson's Radio Dot and Eurobites: Ericsson's Radio Dot Goes Live.)

Verizon's successful VoLTE trial with NTT and KT is important because it's a step towards letting Verizon customers make 4G voice calls to users outside of the Verizon footprint. Forging roaming agreements with other operators -- both at home and abroad -- will be crucial to making VoLTE a worthwhile service, and one that Verizon can eventually offer without 3G fallback. (See Verizon Begins 3G Refarming to Add LTE Capacity and Verizon, AT&T Plan VoLTE Harmony in 2015.)

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Sarah Thomas

Director, Women in Comms

Sarah Thomas's love affair with communications began in 2003 when she bought her first cellphone, a pink RAZR, which she duly "bedazzled" with the help of superglue and her dad.

She joined the editorial staff at Light Reading in 2010 and has been covering mobile technologies ever since. Sarah got her start covering telecom in 2007 at Telephony, later Connected Planet, may it rest in peace. Her non-telecom work experience includes a brief foray into public relations at Fleishman-Hillard (her cussin' upset the clients) and a hodge-podge of internships, including spells at Ingram's (Kansas City's business magazine), American Spa magazine (where she was Chief Hot-Tub Correspondent), and the tweens' quiz bible, QuizFest, in NYC.

As Editorial Operations Director, a role she took on in January 2015, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the non-news content elements on Light Reading.

Sarah received her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Chicago with her 3DTV, her iPad and a drawer full of smartphone cords.

Away from the world of telecom journalism, Sarah likes to dabble in monster truck racing, becoming part of Team Bigfoot in 2009.

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