VoLTE Commercial Trials & Rollouts in 2014: A Snapshot of Major Deployments Globally

VoLTE Commercial Trials & Rollouts in 2014: A Snapshot of Major Deployments Globally Image Credit: GSA

2014 marked the beginning of a revolutionary phase in mobile communications, with voice communications being enabled on data via Voice-over-LTE(VoLTE). Converging the LTE technology and IP Multimedia Subsystem, the data network now boasts the ability to offer HD Voice as a native application. 2014 saw early movers rolling out their VoLTE services as the first generation VoLTE-enabled smart devices started becoming available in the market.

According to Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), as at end of the third quarter of last year, Mobile HD Voice Service has been commercially launched in 75 countries by 116 Mobile Operators, out of which 9 were VoLTE rollouts and another 2 on HSPA/VoLTE networks. PCC Mobile Broadband has followed the VoLTE segment closely and we are enlisting here a number of VoLTE commercial trials/launches which took place last year including the solutions and technologies, especially the IMS, that enabled telecom operators to achieve another milestone in their service offerings.  


T-Mobile Czech Republic Deploys Mavenir Systems' IMS Core & VoLTE VAS System (Dec 2014)

Mavenir Systems, a leading provider of software-based networking solutions, and T-Mobile Czech Republic have announced the successful joint deployment of a converged IMS Core and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Application Server solution and the successful first VoLTE call and limited pilot in their live network. Read More


CSL Mobile VoLTE Commercial Launch in Hong Kong Supported by ZTE's Core Network Solution (Oct 2014)

ZTE, this week announced that the company is supporting CSL Mobile Hong Kong for its VoLTE (voice over LTE) services commercial launch. Read More


Telefónica Germany 4G LTE Network is VoLTE Ready, Powered by Ericsson's IMS (Oct 2014)

Telefónica Germany, the largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers, has selected Ericsson's IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) solution for its VoLTE deployment across all of its 4G LTE coverage areas. Read More


du Acquires VoLTE Functionality on its Multi-Vendor LTE Network with Nokia Networks IMS Solutions (Oct 2014)

du, the Middle East region’s fastest growing telecommunications service provider in partnership with Nokia Networks has successfully acquired the Voice over LTE (VoLTE) functionality for its network. Read More


Polkomtel Runs VoLTE Commercial Trial in Poland by Partnering Huawei (Sept 2014)

Polkomtel, the operator of Plus network in Poland in partnership with Huawei has successfully carried out a VoLTE Friendly User Test (FUT) on its commercial network. Read More


Ericsson Inks Deal with T-Mobile for LTE-Advanced Expansion, VoLTE and WiFi Calling (Sept 2014)

  • T-Mobile is continuing it relationship with Ericsson for network expansion, utilizing Ericsson's LTE equipment and services, and Ericsson LTE-Advanced enhancements for T-Mobile's Wideband LTE network. Read More


Vodaphone UK Successfully Conducts VoLTE Lab Tests (August 2014)

Vodafone UK has announced that it has made the first successful Voice over LTE call at its specialist laboratory in Newbury, Berkshire. Read More


NTT DOCOMO Launches Commercial VoLTE Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon (July 2014)

NTT DOCOMO this week launches commercial VoLTE service in Japan partnering with Qualcomm Technologies. The solution is based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor with a fully featured multimode integrated VoLTE modem and IMS software solution that supports SMS, HD voice, video telephony (VT), and single radio voice call continuity (SRVCC), which can be found in a wide variety of smartphone devices available on NTT DOCOMO's network. Read more


Nokia Networks, Zain Showcase HD Voice Call in Live LTE Network (May 2014)

Zain Kuwait, teaming up with Nokia Networks, has successfully completed Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call on its commercial LTE network, showcasing live HD (high-definition) voice and video call. Read More


Bouygues Telecom Deploys Ericsson's VoLTE and IMS Solutions (May 2014)

French mobile operatorInternet service provider and IPTV company, Bouygues Telecom has selected Ericsson to deliver end-to-end Voice over LTE (VoLTE) capabilities and full IMS network integration in a multi-vendor environment. Read More


PCCW HKT, Huawei Launch Seamless VoLTE Service (May 2014)

HKT Hong Kong launches Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service with Huawei's network solution based on the latest 3GPP R10 standard. The offer of seamless VoLTE service to its 4G customers which is first of its kind in the island is bundled with Samsung Note 3 LTE smartphone. Read More


MTS Russia, Nokia Conduct Live VoLTE Voice and Video Call on Telco Cloud (May 2014)

MTS, the leading telecommunications operator in Russia and CIS, has successfully conducted an end to end VoLTE testing, completing the first Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call on a telco cloud infrastructure using Nokia’s technology and expertise. Read More

Executive Editor of The Fast Mode | 5G | IoT/M2M | Telecom Strategy | Mobile Data Innovations 

Tara Neal covers stories on strategies and initiatives in the Digital Telco space, and anchors the 5G and IoT/M2M verticals on the publication. Tara holds a First Class Honours in BSc Accounting and Finance from The London School of Economics, UK and is a CFA charterholder from the CFA Institute, United States. Tara has over 20 years experience in technology and business strategy.

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