By Jim Machi,
SVP Product Mgt
& Marketing, Dialogic.
Here are a few predictions for 2015 relating to the communications and wireless industry.
First of all, you’ll start to hear about 5G. Why? Because there has to be something after LTE/4G, and with 4G being rolled out, it’s simply human nature to start thinking about the next big thing. There are no specs on 5G that you can read and no one really knows what it is, but nonetheless 5G started entering conversations in 2014. I believe we’ll start to really hear about this more in 2015. In fact, I believe we’ll see lots of signs at Mobile World Congress about this. 2015G anyone?
#2: LTE ROAMING
I’m not sure we should quite be talking about 5G yet because LTE isn’t really fully rolled out yet. LTE is still in its early stages and just because you have it doesn’t mean it’s everywhere. And where it is, it doesn’t mean that you can roam onto it even if you have LTE home service. To me, this means there is still a lot of work to do with LTE. I predict in 2015 is that there should be LTE roaming available and that personally, I will actually experience LTE roaming in 2015. I know the technology exists and if people like me are willing to pay, then it should happen.
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#3: VoLTE AND VALUE ADDED SERVICES
On the topic of LTE, VoLTE deployments started happening in 2014. It’s newsworthy because LTE to date has been about the mobile on-ramp to the Internet experience. LTE data truly is like being on a wired device at home or at work. And 3G networks existed anyway for voice so voice played second fiddle. But VoLTE uses HD Voice codecs and the quality is very good. So people will like it. They may not even know they’re talking on “VoLTE”. With the VoLTE rollouts, I predict in 2015 that we’ll start to see value added VoLTE apps follow – you know, VoLTE voice mail, VoLTE IVR services, VoLTE voice texting, and other voice and video centric services that would compete with OTT services.
#4: WEBRTC FORGES AHEAD
Finally, some words on WebRTC. WebRTC is a potential large disruptive technology because it has voice/video call capability built into a browser. No need for any client download! Thus far, applications built on it have largely been in the proof of concept, trial and development phase. WebRTC should start to see some significant deployments in 2015. And WebRTC should also start to see significant movement in the standardization that will enable it to reach its full potential. That means we’ll start to see either Microsoft of Apple get involved.