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Verizon Wireless will be "network ready" for voice-over LTE (VoLTE) and rich communications services (RCS) this year, but how they get rolled out is up to the marketing team, according to Verizon CTO's Tony Melone.
Mavenir's award-winning RCS VoLTE solution blends IMS-based RCS services with traditional mobile services, such as SMS and MMS, and connects operator services with third party social networks and over-the-top (OTT) applications.
Mobile operators like Verizon Wireless are planning VoLTE service that would incorporate Rich Communications Services, or RCS. FierceWireless delved into these aspects of VoLTE and more in a new ebook, "The Promise of VoLTE."
4G Americas announced the election of Mavenir Systems to its Board of Governors. Mavenir joins the 17 operators and manufacturers currently on the Board to work together to promote, facilitate and advocate for the deployment and adoption of 3GPP mobile broadband technologies throughout the Americas.
Deutsche Telekom customers now have access to the joyn™ messaging platform.
Mavenir expects SRVCC to be available in devices by the year-end, with launches of VoLTE following in early 2014. The company is already adding rich communication suite (RCS) capability on top of Metro PCS’s VoLTE launch in the form of a downloadable client that supports RCS services such as video calling. Mavenir expects that when other US operators such as Verizon and AT&T launch VoLTE, they will actively market it as a new, improved voice service.
T-Mobile Czech Republic selects Mavenir for IMS Core and RCS-e/VoLTE. Mavenir Systems will provide both the converged IMS core and the Application Servers, supporting services across wireless, wireline and enterprise, to T-Mobile Czech Republic.
Czech Republic's T-Mobile has ordered converged IMS core and the Application Servers from Mavenir Systems.
Key to deriving new 4G LTE revenues will be taking advantage of the more technical benefits offered by the technology, believes Mavenir Systems CTO Terry McCabe. LTE starts as an overlay that allows operators to fill in capacity needs around mobile broadband. Operators should not be looking to charge a premium for some of the first steps – from VoLTE to core RCS communications services. Instead, he believes creating new user experiences is more interesting, exciting and, crucially, lucrative.
Virtualization is a very real topic as seen by recent formation of the network functions virtualization (NFV) Industry Specifications Group by some of the world's biggest and most influential operators, means the mobile networking community can't afford to ignore it. Mavenir has a virtual IMS solution for deployment of services such as 4G voice (also known as voice over LTE/VoLTE) and RCS (Rich Communication Services) version 5.0 applications.
Tele2 has consciously built in support for VoLTE in the 4G network, with Mavenir, covering almost the entire population of Sweden. Tests have shown tremendous results in a multivendor environment. From a technical standpoint we could be ready to launch commercially within a year. Not only does VoLTE enable superior voice and data experience simultaneously for our customers, but the technology is also more cost efficient.
Tele2 launches voice over 4G, with Mavenir IMS Core and Telephony Application Server, the central part of this new capability.
Rich Communication Services (RCS) are rapidly making their presence felt across a growing number of communications providers, and as such, there are plenty of firms looking to make a mark of their own in the industry. Recently, Mavenir confirmed its own plans to bring the GSMA's RCS 5 systems into its own line of converged services.
MetroPCS announced that RCS (Rich Communications Suite) is available immediately over its LTE network for one handset, the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G. Subscribers with that phone can download the app for RCS, called joyn, from the carrier's @metro App Store or the Google Play store. The app is free and use is covered under the carrier's existing plans. MetroPCS said it was the world's first carrier in the world to offer RCS over LTE.
Like other LTE phones, the iPhone 5 finds a 3G or 2G network when its user makes a voice call using the cellular network. And any data application running at the time will also switch back to the slower network when a voice call is initiated. For operators, the preferred method of moving subscribers back to the 3G network is called circuit switched fallback (CSFB). Mavenir Systems introduced a CFSB solution that it says operators can deploy in as little as 60 days, independent of their mobile switching center.
The importance of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) will be felt at many levels. At the highest level, the ability to use the LTE network for everything means that the need for the 3G network infrastructure — and perhaps earlier networks, if they still are in use — no longer exists. The bandwidth locked into those can be used for other purposes. The immediate gains are great as LTE is much more efficient in dealing with voice in 2G and somewhat more efficient than voice over 3G.
When MetroPCS rolled out the country’s first smartphone to route voice calls over an LTE network in August, its primary objective wasn't finding a new way to compete with the big guys, it was making the most efficient use of its scarce spectrum resources.