Maria Cuevas, Head of Core Mobile Networks Research, BT is taking part in a panel discussion on Day Two of the 2nd annual LTE Voice Summit, taking place on October 7th-8th 2014 at the Royal Garden Hotel, London.
In this interview she presents some of her personal views on VoLTE – please note, these do not reflect the official views of BT.
As we approach commercial launch of VoLTE services in the IUK is there any clearer idea of whether VoLTE will truly compete or just complement OTT services?
My personal view is that VoLTE will be positioned and seen by the customers as an enhanced primary voice service and therefore will continue to be the main choice for of reliable voice communications for customers, complemented by OTT voice for certain scenarios.
Can we expect to see new and innovative services built on top of plain audio VoLTE?
I expect the mobile industry to develop innovative services beyond plain voice. HD voice and video calling are the first examples we are starting to see.
What’s the future, beyond VoLTE? What are the next steps in network development?
IMS provides the ability to rapidly develop new innovative services and my expectation is that operators will be increasingly capable of developing and testing new services in the market, as well as reacting to competition and market demand.
What are you most looking forward to about attending LTE Voice.
I’m most looking forward to hearing from industry colleagues about their views on the evolution of voice in the mobile industry.