The order of the Minister of communications Nikolay Nikiforov, which entered into force on December 12, enables operators to use the transfer subsystem multimedia messaging (IP Multimedia Subsystem – IMS), pass “Vedomosti”, with reference to the message of the Ministry of communications. Russian operators are already negotiating with Apple about the possibility of using LTE in the iPhone to provide voice services VoLTE (Voice over LTE) in Russia.
The IMS enables new telecommunications services in networks fixed and mobile communication and ensures their interaction with external networks, allowing to reduce the cost of operators for the construction of infrastructure. In addition to voice communications on data networks, IMS provides the ability to make calls on networks Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) and fixed Internet (Voice over Broadband), to transfer the video signal LTE (ViLTE) and realize technology RCS standard, enabling operators to launch their own instant messengers.
The order of the Ministry of communications changes the requirements for the construction of telephone network for General use, allowing the construction of combined nodes. But the full advantage of LTE and IMS will be available after the adoption of the hardware requirements of switching systems. These documents have been prepared by the Ministry of communications, have passed public discussion, coordinated with other agencies and will soon be sent for state registration to the Ministry of justice, said in a statement the Ministry of communications.
Russian operators are negotiating with Apple about how to enable VoLTE on an iPhone working in Russian networks, said the sources in two such operators: it could make itself an American Corporation. This feature is available in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S.
A new standard for the exchange of voice traffic will improve the quality of voice communication, clear voice, 5 times to reduce the connection time when you call, to reduce power consumption of smartphones and to combine voice services with multimedia services, said the representative of MTS Dmitry Solodovnikov. MTS wants to use LTE for voice calls in addition to the networks of the second and third generations. In March 2014 the operator has tested in Moscow and St. Petersburg VoLTE and ready to quickly launch this service throughout Russia, promises Solodovnikov.
VoLTE will allow you to give voice a new quality – in terms of voice and connection speed that will greatly enhance their attractiveness, hopes a representative of “MegaFon”. Furthermore, the introduction of VoLTE will unload the 2G and 3G network due to the transfer of voice traffic in the 4G network, he says. In 2014, MegaFon has tested the VoLTE technology and fully prepared for its launch, says his representative.
“Beeline” welcomes the removal of restrictions to development in Russia of new communications technologies, says his representative Anna Imasheva. According to her, the IMS gives the possibility to shorten the connection in LTE network in 6 times up to 1-2 seconds, to transmit voice with high quality (HD voice), to bring a new level of quality and availability of content services, and will allow subscribers whose smartphones support VoLTE, while talking on the phone and enjoy high-speed mobile Internet.