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Wireless Industry News Leader RCR Wireless Gives Insight into the Future of VoLTE 

PRESS RELEASE: Austin, TX (10/02/2013) – RCR Wireless News announced today the release of a feature report and hosted a webinar looking at the current Voice over LTE (VoLTE) market, including where the technology is at today, which carriers are leading the race to implement VoLTE, and challenges that the industry faces in integrating the technology. On October 9, 2013 they will broadcast a live RCR TV discussion of the topic on YouTube, featuring Editor-in-Chief Dan Meyer and analysts from Recon Analytics and Accenture.

Download complimentary feature report.

Watch complimentary webinar featuring:
Moderator: Dan Meyer, Editor-in-Chief, RCR Wireless News
Panelist: Miguel Myhrer, Managing Director Wireless Networks, Accenture
Panelist: Roger Entner, Founder, Recon Analytics
Panelist: Payam Maveddat, EVP of Product Management, Taqua

Add to calendar: RCR TV program, October 9, 2013, 2:00 pm ET

Voice over LTE is a buzzword in the wireless world right now, but don’t expect to see worldwide adoption tomorrow. In a nutshell, VoLTE is a standards-based technology that supports voice calls over an LTE network, as opposed to traditional voice calls today in use over 2G and 3G networks. The service is very similar to voice over Internet protocol, used to support voice calls over a broadband connection. Basically, VoLTE will act as an app that will ride the data network, allowing users to make phone calls on the data-based LTE network. The new protocol may bring faster, better voice calls and even video chat tied to your cell phone service and number. Sounds great right?

“VoLTE is set to be a significant disruptor for the market and a big challenge for carriers, and this editorial program sheds light on that activity and those challenges,” noted RCR Wireless News Editor-In-Chief Dan Meyer. “Carriers, infrastructure providers, device makers and software vendors are all central to the deployment of VoLTE, with analysts noting any misstep could be catastrophic.”  

There is no doubt that VoLTE is coming and will have a significant impact on the mobile space, according to analysts interviewed for the report.

“The most important trend underway in the telecom voice market is VoLTE,” said Chris DePuy, analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “It is stimulating significant spending both in the wireless infrastructure, but also in the wireline infrastructure.”

“Carriers are running out of spectrum, so they need to use their spectrum in the most efficient way,” explained Roger Entner, founder of Recon Analytics. “For data, LTE is by far the most efficient. With VoLTE, the hope and the expectation is that we can go back to 2G spectrum efficiency for a voice call, so you can put more voice calls over that same amount of spectrum. If you ran VoLTE, you’d only need to have one type of network, not two. Right now, operators are running voice and data over two separate networks. With VoLTE, you can unify and simplify it all and make it one. It’s more efficient.”

The report looks at:

  • Analyst forecasts for the VoLTE market through 2017

  • Why carriers are looking at VoLTE

  • Current state of carrier deployments

  • Equipment and software providers of VoLTE technology

  • Challenges facing VoLTE rollout, including circuit-switch fallback needs

  • Network challenges

  • Competition from over-the-top/VoIP players

  • Handset support for VoLTE

  • Financial impact of VoLTE deployments

Since 1982, RCR Wireless News has been providing wireless and mobile industry news, insights, and analysis to industry and enterprise professionals, decision makers, policy makers, analyst and investors.  Our mission is to connect, globally and locally, mobile technology professionals and companies online, in person, in print and now on video.  Our dedication to editorial excellence coupled with one of the industry’s most comprehensive industry databases and digital networks leads readers and advertisers to consistently choose RCR Wireless News over other industry publications.