VoLTE subscriptions are expected to exceed 650 million by the end of 2017, creating a foundation for interoperable consumer and enterprise communication services on different devices, according to Ericsson’s Q3 Mobility Report.
The report said that VoLTE has now been launched in more than 125 networks in over 60 countries across all regions. The number of VoLTE subscriptions is projected to reach 5.5 billion by the end of 2023, accounting for more than 80 percent of the combined LTE and 5G subscriptions.
VoLTE support in Cat-M1-capable Internet of Things (IoT) devices and network infrastructure is now being enabled, and new use cases are being explored. VoLTE will be the foundation for voice calls over 5G access.
There are more than 1,300 VoLTE-enabled device models. Cellular smartwatches are one of the latest devices to utilize VoLTE. Users are able to make voice calls directly on their smartwatch, without having a smartphone nearby. Calls can also be transferred between a user’s smartphone and watch.
VoLTE is delivered via the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and enables operators to offer high-quality, simultaneous communication and data services on smartphones and other devices.
For more information, go to https://www.ericsson.com/en/mobility-report/reports/november-2017