Still, Verizon has posted a job for a "Global LTE Roaming Manager - Canadian and Western European Countries", indicating that at some point we will be globetrotting between LTE networks. And not in a distant future at that - the position is looking at a 3-5 years timeframe to build carrier relationships and figure out the interoperability issues.
And there are many of those, apart from the MHz conundrum - the other carrier might be using IMS with VoLTE for the talking part, or switch to HSPA+ when a phone call has to be made like AT&T does, or just us Skype, and it all has to somehow work, so the LTE Roaming Manager better be well paid. Read the job description below for the nitty-gritty:
• Lead the strategic planning for Global LTE Roaming within the Canadian and Western European footprints. • Support inbound and outbound LTE carrier discussions with a focus on building carrier relationships • Support delivery of a ‘go to market’ package for global LTE roaming and deliver to carriers overseas to drive roaming relationships • Understand and leverage long term LTE network planning to take advantage of inbound and outbound roaming opportunities • Promote IMS/VoLTE/RCS through direct carrier meeting or support at industry conferences • Expand the international LTE roaming footprint through compelling negotiations • Identify industry trends and developments to ensure Verizon Wireless can effectively compete with new technology developments and competitors. • Lay the groundwork to deliver a best in class global LTE services that meet and exceed market demands • Lead discussions and negotiations with a large number of carriers concurrently • Prepare regular status reports for both the Global Services team as well as senior leadership when required to read out on the status of roaming plans and negotations • Assist in managing carrier relationships and applicable contracts where LTE is a major component • Drive additional inbound and outbound roaming revenues, assuring a long term profitable position • Assist in decisions on all group administrative and operational matters that have significant impact on the overall success of growth and revenue. • When required, meet with carriers in their home market or represent Verizon Wireless at required international and domestic conferences focusing on LTE roaming.
source: Verizon via IntoMobile