Let's meet the latest telecom buzzword VoLTE (Voice over Long Term Evolution)

Wireless operators around the world are getting ready to replace the existing 2G network (and even 3G in some countries) with latest voice network that will run over 4G LTE (Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution) networks. The main benefit to wireless operators with the introduction of this new technology is the efficient utilization of their network resources. By using VoLTE, wireless operators can have up to three times more voice and data capacity than 3G network and up to six times more than 2G GSM network.

What's new in VoLTE?

LTE is a data-only network technology. Previous cellular networks, such as 2G and 3G, were designed mainly to carry voice calls where data was added/tunneled inside a voice-call connection. LTE uses Internet Protocol for packets for all communications. Furthermore, VoLTE’s packets headers are smaller than those of VoIP that is why also frees up bandwidth.

Benefits for Consumers

The main benefit for the consumers is that they will get better voice quality and enhanced services because of network efficiency with 4G LTE. Here we have outlined some of the benefits that consumers get from this new technology.

1. Better voice quality
The promise that VoLTE makes is high definition (HD) voice calling. This will increase significant improvement over traditional calls made via cellular networks. However, there are some requirements to make an HD voice call. You are using 4G LTE enabled service from your wireless network operator and you must use a phone that supports VoLTE. Similarly, the person on the other end must also meet the same requirements.

2. No increase in call charges
There is high possibility that this new technology will not increase any voice call charges for the consumers because HD calling utilizes the data network and data networks are smart enough to identify voice packets and to separate them from your data usage. Secondly, better utilization of wireless operator resources also guarantees that it will make a win-win situation for both consumer and operator.

3. Enhanced communication services
Wireless network operators offering VoLTE will allow their consumers to use enhanced communication services such as video calling, file transferring, voicemail, video voicemail, instant messaging and real-time language translation. The real benefit of VoLTE is that it will allow you to use these mentioned services directly from your phone's native dialer. No additional applications such as FaceTime, Gtalk, Skype or GoogleTranslate will be required to use these services.

4. Improved battery life
VoLTE services offer much-improved battery life of your cell phone as compared to using the existing applications such as Skype or GTalk on iPhone or Android. That makes VoLTE ideal for long duration calls and for people who spent time travelling for their business.