VoLTE (Voice over Long Term Evolution) technology is being rolled out at a rapid pace by many mobile operators, indicating that a move towards carrier-grade voice traffic running over data networks has finally arrived.

LTE-Logo

LTE-Logo

Of course, VoLTE is not the first of its kind – voice-over-IP services have been running across a number of over-the-top services for years, consumer favourites Skype and FaceTime serving as good examples of voice traffic, transmitted as data services.

This kind of service often uses Web-based standards such as WebRTC; a platform utilising JavaScript APIs to support real-time communications via standard Web browsers. However, the big question for many will be: “Is there room for both WebRTC and VoLTE?”

Jim Machi

Jim Machi

“There is certainly a place for both technologies. VoLTE will be part of the subscriber package and used for basic voice and video calls, whereas WebRTC can be used for value-added services,” says Jim Machi, VP of product management at Dialogic.

RCR Wireless has published an intriguing interview with Machi on the subject of WebRTC vs. VoLTE and how mobile operators can look to take advantage of the technology; read the interview in full here.

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