A number of wireless companies have launched a new initiative to push for a Voice over LTE standard. The group, calling itself the Voice over LTE via Generic Access (VoLGA) Forum, counts Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, Kineto Wireless, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nortel, Samsung, Starent Networks, T-Mobile and ZTE as its members. By creating a standard, these companies hope to allow wireless network operators to offer voice and messaging services over LTE networks based on the current 3GPP Generic Access Network (GAN) standard. The Forum hopes to publish standards by the middle of 2009.
As soon as I saw T-Mob in the list of members, I instantly thought of the @Home product. One (of many) big issues with the current @Home service is that it requires a broadband Internet connection, which instantly filters the biggest potential market for land line phones (seniors) and makes porting their current land line number a huge headache if they are using DSL.
What better way to solve these issues, than to just cut out the middle man all together?