Ericsson Mobile Telephony Evolution with VoLTE

    Ericsson’s offering for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) allow operators to offer high quality communication services using all-IP technology over LTE based mobile broadband. VoLTE enables a modern communications experience to users including services like HD voice, enhanced HD voice, video calling, IP messaging, content sharing within calls and new service innovations.

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    Market situation

    Operators are competing for the best mobile broadband offering, with highest speeds and best coverage, where Long Term Evolution (LTE) is the means for most operators to achieve this. On the other hand communication services are considered a key part of the operator’s business. In order to continue supporting operator services such as voice and SMS using packet only access such as LTE, Voice over LTE (VoLTE) was developed.

    With the introduction of VoLTE operators can leverage the all-IP based network architecture to ensure and improve voice quality, while also opening up for broader range of communication capabilities such as for example video calling and multi-device support.

    Ericsson's VoLTE offering

    The Ericsson VoLTE offering provides operators with a complete solution to evolve their voice and SMS business towards an all-IP communications network. This is achieved by evolving the installed base of CS core networks towards IMS core networks. In addition to ordinary mobile telephony services, Ericsson’s VoLTE offering also supports value added services such as: HD voice, video calling, Wi-Fi calling, multi device and enriched calling services. Ericsson VoLTE offering is an end-to-end solution, including IMS, Evolved Packet Core (EPC), LTE-RAN, Subscriber Data Management, OSS/BSS and system integration services.

    In order to handle a smooth evolution from CS to VoLTE as well as situations of non-ubiquitous LTE coverage, Ericsson’s VoLTE offering supports a full set of complementing accesses including both 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi. Seamless handover of calls between LTE and Wi-Fi through packet Handover, as well as 2G/3G with Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC) are also supported.

    Ericsson VoLTE offering is verified towards device and chipset vendors. This secures smooth deployment, efficient network operations and future evolution of the VoLTE offering.

    Operator benefits

    Ericsson’s VoLTE offering is a complete end-to-end offering based on GSMA IR.92 and related specifications to provide SMS, voice and video communication services over LTE access. This guarantees full device interoperability and allows for direct IP interconnect and roaming towards other operators.

    Building on an all-IP infrastructure such as LTE, EPC and IMS allows operators not only to cut operational cost through improved resource utilization such as for example improved spectrum efficiency, but also introduce new higher value-added services to end-users in order to reduce churn, such as HD voice, enhanced HD voice, video calling, multi device, call enrichment etc.

    Ericsson VoLTE offering includes full set of professional services based on strong local integration capabilities and global experience.

    User benefits

    VoLTE users will keep the convenience of the mobile experience, using the built-in phone dialer and call screen with no need for app’s to make calls or messaging over IP. Users can also continue to benefit of a service with global reach, i.e. make and receive calls from any phone number in the world as well as continue to enjoy the advantage of roaming anywhere and still be reachable.

    In addition VoLTE users will enjoy more user friendly and intuitive services such as:

    • Service reach: Allows you to always be reachable, whether it is using LTE in urban areas, 2G/3G in rural areas or Wi-Fi in your home. It also enables you to be reached using one number for all your devices, including non-smartphone type of device such as; tablets, laptops, smart watches, web clients etc. 
    • HD voice: Providing you with an audio experience beyond what is common in today’s networks. Including wideband codecs like AMR-WB but also evolving into super-wideband and full-band codecs like 3GPP Evolved Voice Service (EVS) codec for superior voice and music experience. 
    • Video calling: With the build-out of mobile broadband and modern devices with high resolution screens and cameras you can enjoy high quality video calling from almost anywhere. Call enrichment: Further enrichments of VoLTE calls are enabled by IMS and includes sharing of content such as pictures, maps, videos etc. during calls and call establishment.

    Ericsson solution advantages

    Ericsson provides an end-to end VoLTE calling offering, including IMS, LTE-RAN, Evolved Packet Core, Mobile Switching, subscriber data management, BSS/OSS and professional services.

    In addition, Ericsson performs interoperability testing with leading device and chipset vendors, securing interoperability and fast TTM.

    Ericsson has more VoLTE contracts and launched live networks than any other vendor with live networks across North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.