VoLTE is gaining momentum, with service testing or live in 35 countries

VoLTE is gaining momentum, with service testing or live in 35 countries
The method of carrying our voices over LTE networks is gaining momentum, with some 66 mobile carriers in 35 countries either in testing or deployed phases.

The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) put out some statistics citing the trials and deployments underway. Of the several dozen carriers working with VoLTE, about 10 have deployed it for commercial service.

Service providers in the United States, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, and Japan are leading the effort. In the US, T-Mobile is at the head of the pack, with HD voice service based on VoLTE in 15 markets. AT&T has rolled it out in a few markets in the Midwest. Verizon has plans to deploy VoLTE nationwide this year. As for Sprint, the rumors point to a mid-2015 launch, but no official timeline has been provided.

In Europe, Dutch carrier KPN Mobile just began a VoLTE trial, and down under, Vodafone New Zealand will have commercial deployment this year.

For LTE in general, 318 carriers in 111 countries have active networks, 51 of which went live in the past year.

source: Light Reading

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5 Comments

1. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yeh and Sprint said that they would have 4G WiMAX in 2011 in San Francisco, and it barely worked. They also said in 2013 they would have LTE in SF, and again, it barely works. They also said that Network Vision would be complete by 2015, but guess what, even in areas that it is complete, it still doesnt work. This comes from not only my experience, but my roommate, two coworkers, and family that all ditched them cause the service GOT WORSE after updates....So when it comes to VoLTE from Sprint, the truth of the matter is, it will only work in SOME areas, and on top of that, it will drop calls as much as Sprint drops data all over anyway, and what is more, we wont see it even get to that viable of a point until 2019 IF that... Why even mention Sprint at all in this article. There have been reports about Sprint, not even in America, but in OTHER NATIONS, written that they are the worst carrier in the world in terms of data speed and technology use, including developing nations wireless infrastructure. So yeah.

2. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

In San Francisco, the best service provider is T-MOBILE... I completely agree with you, and because of SPRINT's terrible service, a lot of people whom I know have ditched SPRINT and migrated over to THE-MOBILE...

3. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

What about Verizon are the deploying Volte?

5. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It's supposed to be rolling out this year into the next. Quite a few phones are now capable of VoLTE even some old ones like the LG Revolution.

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Is VoLTE interoperable between carriers now?

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