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Exclusive interview with Kobus Smit, Head of Voice and Messaging, Deutsche Telekom

Ahead of the 3rd annual LTE Voice Summit 2015, I interviewed Kobus Smit, Head of Voice and Messaging at Deutsche Telekom who gave us an insight on services VoLTE will offer + customer benefits it will bring- here is what Kobus say’s  in this exclusive interview

Ahead of the 3rd annual LTE Voice Summit 2015, I interviewed Kobus Smit, Head of Voice and Messaging at Deutsche Telekom who gave us an insight on services VoLTE will offer + customer benefits it will bring

Q. As we see the commercial launch, is there any clearer idea of whether VoLTE will truly live up to its promise?

A. VoLTE offers some clear customer benefits – especially around HD voice quality and faster call set-up times, which we believe customers will notice and appreciate. There are also further advantages, like high speed browsing during a call, but the usecases are still pretty limited. The largest benefit of VoLTE, however, is arguably for the Operator and not so much for the customer as it facilitates the necessary transfer of voice to IP. We therefore belief that from a customer perspective “plain” VoLTE alone will not necessarily be a very convincing proposition.

Q. Can we expect to see new and innovative services built on top of plain audio VoLTE?

A. Yes indeed – and it is already being prepared. DT has developed an Enriched Calling proposition together with Sony, Vodafone and others, which we will be bringing to market soon. This enables customers to have a far richer calling experience by adding context and content before, during and after a call. The features include the setting of call importance, adding a subject, picture or location before the call; during a call, users can exchange, locations, draw on maps or pictures, share videos, images and files, and after the call customers have the possibility to leave a visual voicemail, a video or text message. All of this is delivered with very little incremental effort, by utilizing RCS functionality already available in the network and handsets to deliver a truly enhanced user experience.

Q. What is the future, beyond VoLTE? What are the next steps in network development?

A. We are deploying VoLTE on a local basis first and will then extend it to Roaming. We further plan to combine VoLTE with other voice services such as WiFi Calling and plan to establish Video Calling. With VoLTE as a basis for IP voice, it opens the possibility of further enhancement and service meshing in the IP domain.

Q. Network Function Virtualization for VoLTE- what does this to you and is the way forward for this service?

A. For us it is not about the virtualization of one single service, its more about the virtualization of the network infrastructure in order to be more efficient and offer better quality and service for our customers.

Q. What will be your key message at the LTE Voice Summit 2015?

A. Enriched Call builds an attractive proposition around VoLTE.


Meet Kobus and a host of senior executives from around the globe at this year’s LTE Voice Summit in London, on September 29th & 30th.  More information at voice.lteconference.com

Interview: VP core network and services, Deutsche Telekom: “IMS based services like RCSe/Joyn and VoLTE… are key building blocks of our all-IP strategy.”

Franz Seiser, VP Core Network and Services, Deutsche Telekom, Germany

Franz Seiser, VP Core Network and Services, Deutsche Telekom, Germany

Franz Seiser, VP Core Network and Services, Deutsche Telekom, Germany, is speaking on Day One of the LTE Voice Summit, taking place on October 1st-2nd at the Hilton Paddington, London. Ahead of the show we speak to him why operators have been slow to implement IMS and the benefits the services running on it will bring.

At the LTE Voice conference you’re addressing the issue of slow IMS deployment. Do you think it’s symptomatic of the struggle that many telecoms operators are having moving to IP-based thinking?

The fact is that IMS deployments are rather slow. From a technology perspective this is due the extremely high complexity of these deployments. IMS complexity drivers can be split up into six different groups and IMS’ inherent complexities is one of these groups. The mismatch of traditional telco design approaches with IP technologies another one. I will give an overview on all six categories during my talk at the LTE Voice summit.

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What now for US LTE after AT&T pulls out of T-Mobile merger deal?

The AT&T and T-Mobile USA merger is off, but how will this affect LTE in the US?

So it’s all over at last. After months of attempted deal making AT&T has thrown in the towel in its $39 billion attempt to take T-Mobile USA off the hands of its parent company Deutsche Telekom. The defeat followed on from both the Justice Department and the FCC blocking the deal, stating that it would be bad move for consumers by reducing competition in the market, raising prices, and doing harm to the economy due to inevitable job losses.

“Consumers won today,” said Sharis Pozen, head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, according to the Wall Street Journal. “Had AT&T acquired T-Mobile, consumers…would have faced higher prices and reduced innovation.”

While it might be good for consumers, it’s a blow for all the players in the deal. As recompense to T-Mobile,  AT&T has to cough up $3 billion in cash, and ironically, actually divest some spectrum to it as well. AT&T was keen on the deal as it was a relatively affordable way for it to get hold of T-Mobile’s spectrum so it could more easily compete with Verizon. The latter company has managed to raise its profile with a successful LTE network roll-out, just as AT&T has lost the shine which came from its iPhone exclusivity deal – a now distant (and for some bad) memory. At the same time, it would have eliminated a competitor for AT&T; albeit a struggling one.

AT&T will also now have to take the more traditional route to improve its network, by investing in its own infrastructure, and bid for any spectrum that might become available on the open market. This will undoubtedly come at a higher price than if it had been able to acquire T-Mobile’s AWS spectrum directly.

Deutsche Telekom has failed to offload an ailing and costly part of its business, it will now have to decide whether it tries to flog off T-Mobile to someone else, or go the other way and choose to invest heavily. The latter seems unlikely.

T-Mobile though now faces the prospect of having to try and compete to stay alive after months of not investing in its network. It’s doesn’t offer the Apple iPhone, whereas the top three now do, making it even harder to win lucrative customers that sign contracts. It lost 850,000 such customers in the first nine months this year, and this news is unlikely to stop the leak.

It’s not all bad though for T-Mobile. One upside for is that as part of the deal severance, it now has a seven-year (domestic only) roaming agreement with AT-T, which will increase its footprint across the country into areas where it previously has no coverage.

Meanwhile it’s a big, big win for Verizon, which while it’s competitors were locked up in a fruitless battle with the courts and the regulator, announced its intention to buy AWS licences from failed joint-venture cable companies SpectrumCo and Cox Communications, giving it 40-80MHz of spectrum to play with many urban areas. As this is a relatively non-threatening move compared to what AT&T was trying to pull off, it’s likely to sail through the FCC and Justice Department unopposed. (Update: OK, maybe not. The DOJ is now taking a close look at this one too).

When you throw in the uncertainly around LightSquared’s attempts at launching a LTE network, and Sprint and Clearwire’s move away from WiMAX to LTE, this year has been a year of sound and fury, while signifying relatively little.

If the US carriers can decide on clear strategies and choose to move forward instead of playing political games, LightSquared could sort out its GPS related technical issues and become a major disruptive influence in the market, making next year a truly seismic one as far as LTE in the US is concerned.

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