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  • counterpathip counterpathip Mar 13, 2014 10:50 AM Flag

    Verizon's third-party testing lab gearing up for VoLTE/IMS devices

    Verizon's third-party testing lab gearing up for VoLTE/IMS devices

    November 13, 2013 | By Tammy Parker

    How close is Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) to offering voice over LTE? Pretty darn close, based on the fact that Spirent Communications announced its 8100 mobile device test system has been selected to ensure that VoLTE/IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) devices destined for Verizon's network will comply with industry standards and the operator's certification requirements.

    Wireless device testing company Intertek will actually be the one using the Spirent equipment on behalf of Verizon. Intertek became Verizon's first approved independent, third-party device testing lab back in October 2008.

    "We are responding to the time-sensitive needs of Verizon Wireless by choosing Spirent's 8100 solution and being one of the first commercial labs ready to test VoLTE/IMS," said Ron Bernot, wireless engineering manager at Intertek.

    Deployment of VoLTE will be a crucial step in Verizon's long-term game plan of shuttering its 3G CDMA network. Not only could that reduce network opex, but deleting CDMA support from customer devices could also lower pricing for them in addition to reducing some of their complexity. However, Shammo has cautioned that other functionality, such as multicast, will be added to Verizon's devices over time, and that will keep device pricing from plummeting.

    Verizon's 2014 target for launching VoLTE represents a delay of two years over initial plans. The operator said back in February 2010 that it had installed IMS technology and would use that as a basis for a planned VoLTE service.

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