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U.S. mobile operator Metro PCS, which was first out with LTE, will deploy VoLTE (Voice over Long Term Evolution) reports Kevin Fritchard of Connected Planet. The public acknowledgement that the new, next generation of cellular voice will be VoIP is in many ways refreshing. For years telecom companies have been shying away from the use of the term VoIP because of it being associated with poor audio quality ala Vonage of old.
Now, becuase LTE is strictly an IP based technology, the admission that VoIP potentially offers more solutions that problems is upon us. But, that doesn't mean all will be a bed of roses. Back in January, Dean Bubley pointed out that there are issues with VoLTE and even it's patron, IMS.
Issues aside, it's nice to be seeing VoIP getting it's recognition and as I'm in Dean's camp on the issue, VoLTE and LTE in general will have lots of teething pains to deal with as it rolls out. Just ask any Verizon Wireless LTE customer here in the USA who has suffered through more outages in the past year than they likely ever experienced on plain old CDMA EVDO data.