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The Confluence of Next-Gen LTE and Wi-Fi: Good News for Carriers and Customers

OTT services have displaced traditional carrier SMS for text messaging and now provide voice and video calling and conferencing. Meanwhile, smartphones have turned office landline numbers into more of a liability than a benefit for most employees. Carriers and telephony equipment vendors are countering with emergent technologies, like voice over LTE (VoLTE) and voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi), with features marrying the best of traditional telephone networks with mobile IP OTT services. In this Report, we’ll explain each technology, how they are related, the benefits to carriers, businesses and users, and some service opportunities for partners.

  • Review the major benefits VoLTE provides to both carriers and your customers.
  • Learn how valuable VoWiFi can be in supplementing cellular networks instead of bypassing them.
  • Find out the options available to maintain control over service quality when moving to VoWiFi.

About the Author

Kurt Marko is an IT industry analyst, consultant and regular contributor to a number of technology publications, pursuing his passion for communications after a varied career that has spanned virtually the entire high-tech food chain from chips to systems. Upon graduating from Stanford University with bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering, Marko spent several years as a semiconductor device physicist, doing process design, modeling and testing. He then joined AT&T Bell Laboratories as a memory chip designer and CAD and simulation developer. Moving to Hewlett-Packard, he started in the laser printer R&D lab doing electrophotography development, for which he earned a patent, but his love of computers eventually led him to join HP’s nascent technical IT group. Marko spent 15 years as an IT engineer and was a lead architect for several enterprisewide infrastructure projects at HP, including the Windows domain infrastructure, remote access service, Exchange email infrastructure and managed Web services.