VoLTE rollouts continue – but there’s a long way to go. Convergence remains essential.
VoLTE deployments are surging, according to new research from Hadden Telecoms. What does this mean for service convergence? How do you protect existing service revenue in a converged network while offering existing and new services to VoLTE users?
New research from consultancy firm, Hadden Telecoms Ltd provides a detailed list of all MNOs that are known to already have launched VoLTE or which have publicly announced plans to do so. It’s impressive – as of August 2018, there are now more than 160 VoLTE networks in commercial operation, with at least a further 60 expected to follow soon.
This is great news for VoLTE, which, after a slow start, is rapidly gaining ground. Of course, with more than 800 MNOs world-wide, there’s still some way to go before VoLTE becomes the universal mobile voice service.
However, the trend is inexorable. Now, MNOs that have already deployed VoLTE must ensure that they maximise opportunities afforded by the service, while those that have yet to do so must plan and prepare effectively to ensure they do the same.
Once deployed, VoLTE is only accessible to those with suitable devices. Of course, the availability of these devices is growing, and they are also becoming increasingly affordable, but the fact remains that an MNO with a VoLTE network must wrestle with the challenge of a mixed pool of devices.
As such, they have to pay particular attention to service delivery. MNOs need to be able to offer convergence, so that users of existing services can continue to access them while also ensuring that they can be offered to VoLTE users, with any new capabilities that this can enable.
Most MNOs are challenged by legacy service platforms that are incompatible with VoLTE network upgrades, which means that they can no longer be supported, and the services cannot be offered to users that migrate to VoLTE.
This is a huge problem, particularly for valuable B2B services which generate considerable revenue for MNOs. MNOs need to be able to migrate existing services to new, converged service platforms that can enable them to offer services both to users to legacy handsets, as well as to users with VoLTE-capable devices.
It’s a complex task. Fortunately, Gintel has the expertise to help. Our proven solutions are perfectly adapted for delivery across both VoLTE and legacy networks, providing a single platform that allows MNOs to both protect existing services as well as to ensure they can be delivered into new network environments. They help you protect current revenue while allowing you to unlock new revenue from your VoLTE investments from B2B customers.
This white paper explains how. If you have migrated to VoLTE or are planning to do so, you need to know how to protect and extend your service portfolio. Download this white paper today to find out how Gintel can help.