Verizon Wireless is targeting to trial Voice over its LTE network late next year with a widespread launch in early 2014, the carrier has let slip.
The information comes from “a networking executive for the carrier,” CNET reports.
According to Verizon Wireless Chief Technical Officer Nicola Palmer, Verizon will be running Voice over LTE trials in select areas starting late in 2013.
This means that Voice over LTE will be available in some Verizon-covered areas some time during the fourth quarter of next year.
After these trials, the wireless carrier hopes to launch voice over LTE for most if not all of its subscribers.
The advent of this technology provides for clearer calls as LTE can carry a bigger amount of data.
Furthermore, Voice over LTE (VoLTE) provides for other services such as internet running while a call is in progress.
According to Palmer, who is also vice president of network for Verizon, VoLTE can speed up the decommissioning of 3G, CNET says.
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