Wireless Players Seek Voice Over LTE Standard
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.
Cricket Wireless Debuts HD Voice for Select Phones
Cricket Wireless recently added HD Voice to its service offering. HD Voice, which requires both the caller and receiver to have compatible devices connected to Cricket's LTE network, delivers significantly improved voice clarity.
HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
New Group Working on Practical 5G
A large and diverse group of mobile companies have formed a new group to work on potential 5G radio technology. The group is focusing specifically on technologies that will work below 6 GHz, near the frequency bands of current mobile networks.
Verizon to Bring VoLTE to Prepaid Later this Year
Verizon Wireless plans to give its prepaid subscribers access to VoLTE services, including HD Voice and video calls in the near future. Prepaid customers will need to add HD Voice to their account before they can make HD calls, but the add-on will be free.
T-Mobile@Home 2.0 Anyone?
What better way to solve these issues, than to just cut out the middle man all together?