Carrier hands off LTE voice call to 3G, looking toward future need

Mobile carrier Telefonica shifted a VoLTE call to 3G on a multivendor network

By , IDG News Service |  Mobile & Wireless

Even when VoLTE is deployed, it's likely to benefit service providers more than subscribers. With voice calls on the data network, carriers ultimately will be able to run just one network and reuse the 3G spectrum for LTE. Calls on LTE also make more efficient use of spectrum. The potential benefits to subscribers include higher call quality and Rich Communications Suite, a set of services that could encompass voice and video calls and text chatting.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

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