GSA confirms 222 LTE networks commercially launched worldwide, more coming

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The Global mobile Supplier Association (GSA) latest update confirms commercial launched LTE services in 83 countries within the past 12 months.

All total, 474 operators in 138 countries are investing in LTE networks around the world, with a breakdown of 421 “firm operator commitments” to build networks in 128 countries, 53 additional countries [...]

Editorial: From HD voice to Smart Calling

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Since this venture fired up back in 2009, the world has (slowly, painfully) started to move away from narrowband and into better voice quality.

It will take (painfully, still) longer before the mobile world has adopted HD voice as its de facto standard, with delays to Voice over LTE (VoLTE) continuing to pop [...]

Reliance gets approval for VoLTE in India

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Reliance Jio has obtained approval for VoLTE service on its 4G network, according to a report in Crazy Engineers.

Testing of LTE service is currently taking place with a limited number of uses spread across Mumbai,Jamnagar and Delhi, with service expected to be first launched in Assam. No indications on when VoLTE service would [...]

Spirent integrates VoLTE HD voice testing among products

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Spirent Communications (www.spirent.com) has integrated its field-based Nomad HD testing solution with its CS8 Mobile Device Tester and 8100 Mobile Device Test System to assess VoLTE call performance and voice quality in the lab.  The move provides a common measurement solution for both VoLTE live networks and lab work.

Carriers can [...]

Norway gets more HD voice with Chess via VoLTE

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Chess, owned by TeleSonera, has launched LTE service with support for HD voice, according to press reports out of Norway.

The translation via Google isn’t clear if Chess is currently delivering HD voice via VoLTE today/now or if VoLTE is a feature to be deployed in the future.

Chess’ launch gives Norway two [...]

GSA’s latest tally: 73 mobile networks with HD voice

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A June 4, 2013 Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA, www.gsacom.com) report puts the latest tally for commercial mobile HD voice networks at 73.  Another 23 operators/networks are trialing HD voice, with the majority of those listed as forthcoming Voice over LTE (VoLTE) deployments.  However, carriers aren’t really doing a good job talking about how [...]

CTIA 2013: Spirent launches Nomad HD for VoLTE, HD voice

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Las Vegas, NV – Spirent has launched Nomad HD, a call and voice quality measurement system. The new system provides voice quality analysis for HD voice and VoLTE services “on any device, across any network,” according to the press release.

Nomad HD incorporates Perceptual Objective Listening Quality Assessment (POLQA), the next generation voice testing [...]

GENBAND Perspectives 13: Verizon VoLTE might be delayed by marketing

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Orlando, Florida – Verizon CTO Tony Melone said that the company was still on track to deploy Voice over LTE (VoLTE), with a commercial in-service date of late this year or early 2014.  However, Melone said while the offering would be “Network ready” by the end of the year, it wasn’t clear if marketing [...]

AT&T “announces” HD voice over LTE for later in 2013.

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A senior AT&T executive has confirmed the company plans on rolling out Voice over LTE (VoLTE) later this year.

AT&T Senior Vice President of Network Technologies Kris Rinne told attendees at VentureBeat’s Mobile Summit that the company would be delivering HD voice later this year, repeating what the carrier had said previously. 

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Ericsson and China Mobile demo HD voice calls between LTE types at MWC

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Ericsson and China Mobile have demonstrated the first “dual mode” HD voice call between TD-LTE and LTE-FDD, the two different types of LTE. 

The demonstration included ST-Ericsson’s Thor LTE modem, Renesas Mobile quad mode chipsets, and Ericsson’s LTE TDD/FDD radio solution and IMS platform and was conducted at China Mobile’s booth at the [...]