AT&T Targeting VoLTE Capabilities by 2013
Speaking in an interview with Forbes, AT&T's CTO John Donovan said that the company plans to deploy Voice over LTE (VoLTE) on its forthcoming LTE network by the year 2013. Donovan said that AT&T is waiting for VoLTE's standards to be more fully finalized, and is working aggressively on plans to transition voice services from its current network to VoLTE, though the entire process is part of a seven-year plan to make improvements to its voice capabilities. By the time this plan is complete, AT&T will shut down its TDM (time-division multiplexing) platform for services that run fully on LTE. Donovan also confirmed that AT&T is paying attention to bandwidth on its network. He believes that the public should approach similarly to the environment with respect to conservation. "A wireless network is a shared resource just like water and land," he said. "It's in everyone's best interest to manage supply and demand." For example, AT&T has software that watches how applications use the network. AT&T sends alerts to developers whose apps use too much bandwidth and counsels them on how to revise their app.
Sprint Targeting a Fall Launch for VoLTE
Sprint expects to deploy voice over LTE across its network starting this fall. Sprint competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless already offer VoLTE across the bulk of their footprints, making Spring the last major carrier to deploy the upgraded voice technology.
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.
AT&T, Verizon Intercarrier VoLTE Launch Target Comes and Goes
AT&T and Verizon Wireless are still working to launch support for intercarrier VoLTE, despite missing the initial target. The companies expected to allow one another's customers to connect VoLTE calls between them before the end of 2015.
AT&T Says VoLTE Available to 295 Million Americans
AT&T today said it has reached a new milestone in expanding VoLTE service. As 2015 comes to a close, VoLTE is available to a footprint covering some 295 million POPs, says AT&T, and the service has won over 27 million active users.
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.