Philippe Lucas, SVP Standardisation and Ecosystems Development, Orange is speaking on Day One of of the 2nd annual LTE Voice Summit, taking place on October 7th-8th 2014 at the Royal Garden Hotel, London.
What are you expecting and hoping for from the commercial launch on VoLTE?
I’m expecting a rapid take-off and a large terminal offering. Our intent is that VoLTE will drive adoption of enriched communication services. Therefore operators will have to quickly move to all-IP so that we can collectively provide a universal interoperable service offering with much richer capabilities that before, e.g. messaging, video etc.
As we approach commercial launch is there any clearer idea of whether VoLTE will truly compete or just complement OTT services?
Rather than competing with the OTT, VoLTE will continue to ensure operators can provide good quality voice services and evolve to a richer environment.
How are you approaching pricing for VoLTE? Will an eventual lower-cost-per bit mean reduced consumer pricing or rather is there a need to recoup CAPEX by raising voice prices?
We are selling the voice service and not VoLTE as a technology, so when just addressing VoLTE [in isolation], operators won’t be able to recoup any CAPEX investment in the short term. But we can move customers to 4G more quickly so that they can get new operator offers with more data capacity on the access as a first consequence and ultimately move to a richer communication promise.
Can we expect to see new and innovative services built on top of plain audio VoLTE?
Sure. I would expect messaging with RCS and video, when interconnections between operators have been established.
What is the future, beyond VoLTE? What are the next steps in network development?
ViLTE! The integration of Voice and applications with the relevant APIs.
What are you most looking forward to about attending LTE Voice
I’m looking forward to massive adoption by the operators and device vendors and hopefully more innovative services including VoLTE.