Wednesday, September 16, 2009

VoLGA Forum Publishes Voice over LTE Specifications

The Voice over LTE via Generic Access (VoLGA) Forum has published a set of specifications for delivering mobile voice and SMS messaging services over LTE access networks. The VoLGA documents are available for download at Key aims of VoLGA include:

  • Bring voice and SMS services over LTE radio access networks and femtocells

  • Support new revenue-generating applications over LTE, such as IMS combinational services and the Rich Communications Suite (RCS)

  • Provide an improved overall user experience capitalizing on the performance advantages of LTE

  • Navigate a smooth transition to IMS telephony

  • Launch data-only LTE devices (USB dongles, netbooks, etc.) leveraging the existing SMS-based customer care applications such as remote device management, configuration updates and SMS-based service announcements

"The VoLGA Forum member companies have worked hard to rapidly complete the specifications, accomplishing the work in less than nine months," said Uwe Janssen, senior vice president, T-Mobile core networks at Deutsche Telekom. "We are pleased with the broad industry support for the VoLGA effort, and look forward to upcoming product releases from the vendor community."

The VoLGA Forum has 21 member companies including Alcatel-Lucent, Deutsche Telekom, Ditech Networks, GENBAND, HTC, Huawei, Kineto Wireless, LG Electronics, Mavenir, Motorola, Nortel, Samsung, Sonus, Starent Networks, Tecore Networks, Ulticom, WiChorus and ZTE.

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