Monday, August 17, 2015

Verizon Aggressively Backing for VoLTE before Winding up Traditional Voice

American telecom giant Verizon is working hard to make Voice over LTE (VoLTE) a default feature for its all customers. Presently worldwide carriers are shutting down 2G networks to make room for LTE deployments. Verizon is also walking to it – the company has plans to phase out its entire CDMA network by 2021. But before that they need to have a robust 4G network running.

Now Verizon’s VoLTE feature is an opt-in feature where customers need to select this feature on their VoLTE enabled smartphones. David Small, executive vice president of wireless operations at Verizon Wireless informed that more than 4 million customers are using this feature, which will be the default voice option to all customers in due course.

Verizon has launched VoLTE as Advanced Calling 1.0 - the initial version of VoLTE. Currently they have 25 smartphones supporting VoLTE. 

Verizon's website reads:

With Advanced Calling 1.0, you can enjoy natural-sounding HD Voice calls and more. 
HD Voice advantages (Android, iOS and Windows Phone):
  • Sounds like they’re in the room with you.
  • HD Voice calls are billed according to your calling plan.
  • Calls are automatically in HD when both parties are using HD Voice–enabled phones and are connected to Verizon’s 4G LTE network.
Video Calling advantages (Android only):
  • Making a video call is as simple as making a traditional voice call.
  • Accept incoming video calls as either video or voice calls and switch between modes with the push of a button.
  • Video calls over Wi-Fi do not incur data charges.
  • iOS customers will continue to use FaceTime for their video-calling needs.
Simultaneous Voice & Data advantages (iOS, Windows Phone and select Android devices):
  • Place and receive calls while surfing the web, allowing you to continue a download, using an app or utilizing a feature such as Mobile Hotspot.
  • Most Android devices already allow for this benefit without Advanced Calling 1.0.
  • Video Calling requires HD Voice and a Video Calling enabled phone. HD Voice and Video Calls are billed like regular voice calls; data usage also applies to Video Calls. 
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Small also informed that VoLTE is better than Verizon’s traditional HD Voice on 3G and they are getting few complaints from VoLTE consumers regarding call drop issues.

Verizon has given such handsets to their employees to test VoLTE services to point out any issues or technical glitches which are needed to be taken care of. Not only that Verizon stores are actively recommending the customers (who are buying new connections or new 4G smartphones) to try VoLTE.

Globally VoLTE is yet to make a success story but the room is all open to be one. With Verizon’s aggressive VoLTE campaign the technology itself will be benefited hugely.

Here in India we are also looking at evolution of VoLTE. India’s upcoming 4G player Reliance Jio skipped 2G and 3G, so for them success of VoLTE is very much crucial.

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