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.
Verizon Updates LG G3 with VoLTE
Verizon Wireless announced an over-the-air software update should hit the LG G3 beginning today that adds VoLTE capabilities. VoLTE passes voice calls over Verizon's LTE data network rather than its voice network.
Verizon, AT&T Working On Intercarrier VoLTE
Verizon Wireless and AT&T today said the companies are working together to make interoperable VoLTE calls a reality. Both carriers offer VoLTE to their subscribers, but those calls can only pass between two VoLTE-enabled devices covered by an LTE network run by the same carrier.
Verizon Recommits to VoLTE Rollout This Year
Verizon Wireless today said it will officially rollout VoLTE services "later this year." Verizon originally committed to launching VoLTE by the end of 2013, but then delayed the launch for reasons unknown. Though Verizon Wireless did not say exactly when VoLTE will finally get off the ground, it did share a few more details about what consumers can expect.
AT&T Expands VoLTE Footprint
AT&T today said its VoLTE service is now available in a wider number of markets around the country. AT&T first deployed VoLTE in a limited number of midwestern cities earlier this year.
Verizon Reschedules VoLTE-Only Phones for 2016
Verizon Wireless has moved back the timeframe for deploying handsets without CDMA chipsets by two years. The company plans to debut VoLTE service by the end of 2014, but will continue to use its CDMA network for the bulk of voice calls for another two years.