VoLTE has come a long way from just being a buzz word. We have seen successful commercial deployments and advanced services used on the network.
With that in mind, LTE Voice 2017 will focus on the next stage of voice communication over next generation networks, while analysing the advanced communication services which will be deployed in the 5G & IoT era. With the aim of highlighting future revenue generating business models, the event will discuss the future device products that use voice communication and how video and advanced communications will be built into existing VoLTE networks.
We asked some of the representatives from operators already confirmed to attend the event what they think are the key issues in this area and what they are hoping to take away from LTE Voice 2017. Here’s what they had to say.
Making Voice Services Competitive
“The key issue will surely be the competition with OTT providers and how to offer something that they do not have.” Savo Delic, Senior Mobile Design Engineer, Liberty Global
“The key challenge will be being competitive to OTT voice services. Mobile services will need to be at highest carrier level and offer innovative services.” Arif Otyakmaz, Senior Manager, Network Performance, Vodaphone
VoLTE Improving Efficiency
“To be honest, in the long run voice over LTE (VoLTE) will benefit wireless operators much more than it will consumers. The reason is that traditional voice services over the existing 4G network work just fine today. Carriers like Verizon have done a tremendous job ensuring reliability for these calls. For most consumers, voice service just works. Calls are made, and few are dropped, but for a wireless operator, moving voice services off the old 4G infrastructure will create a simpler network that's more cost effective to operate. It means service providers will eventually have to manage only one network, which is far more efficient in delivering voice services than the older circuit-switched 2G voice network. It also means these carriers can free up spectrum that had been used for the traditional voice service and put it to use to allocate more bandwidth for more lucrative data services.” Asif Ahad, Senior Manager, Technical Procurement, Warid Telecom
Small Cells vs. Large Cells
“I am interested to hear more about the ‘Small or Large Cells’ debate. Historically, 2G and 3G networks were built with the philosophy of “build it and they will come,” and the good news is that consumers have adopted these technologies—although for 3G there was nearly a four-year delay in adoption uptake. TalkTalk has been looking into Femtocells. With these an operator has a new tool in our kit as we consider deployment options—namely an “inside-out” rollout strategy for delivering LTE data rates in the indoor environment (e.g., home, café, airport, etc.), while leveraging an UMTS/HSPA networks for macro coverage.” Stuart Kegel, New Product Development, TalkTalk
What Operators hope to learn at LTE Voice
“I’m hoping to take away a better understanding of Mobile Operators’ views regarding different solutions (S8 v LBO for example) and the technical challenges this presents as well as an understanding of different commercial perspectives within the VoLTE market.” Mark Currier, International Voice Product Manager, Telia
“I’m hoping to get a picture of what is going on currently with VoLTE and VoWiFi and in general with communication services offered by telcos.” Savo Delic, Senior Mobile Design Engineer, Liberty Global
“I’m hoping to learn where the competition is and to comprehend the latest developments on EC progress/legislation in combination with industry standards concerning 5G, the natural successor of 4G/LTE.” Robert Sommeling, Head of Product Development, Telia
“The main reason for me to attend the conference is to be able to talk with other operators about their practical experience with implementing VoWiFi and ViLTE. I also want to see how EVS is developing.” Rob Hendriks, Network Architect, KPN
Interested in attending LTE Voice? Download the brochure here.