VoLTE deployment to spur investments by firms, mobile operators
As mobile users transition to 4G LTE handsets, they will increasingly bring those devices into enterprises through BYOD.
This is expected to fuel increased spending on wireless infrastructure by mobile operators, as well as spending on technologies to integrate LTE handsets and services, such as voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), into the corporate network.
Analysts are predicting that VoLTE deployment over the next few years will spur mobile operators to invest in IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) equipment.
In fact, ABI Research is predicting that investment in core network products vital to a functioning IMS network will total $4 billion by 2017.
"IMS spending for mobile 4G markets follows the LTE deployments, as operators seek to get their network coverage in place, stabilized and compatible mobiles for VoLTE become available," explains ABI.
Some of the advantages of VoLTE deployment are increasing network and spectrum efficiencies, eliminating the need for a separate voice network, improving call setup times and providing new services, such as high-definition voice, simultaneous data usage and rich communication suite services.
Infonetics Research shares ABI's optimism about VoLTE, predicting that deployment will accelerate next year. "The biggest change coming over the next few years will be the rise of VoLTE and its impact on IMS. Over 90 percent of the operators participating in our IMS strategies survey plan to deploy VoLTE by 2015, up from zero today. This is going to shape the IMS market in the coming years," says Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC and IMS at Infonetics.