VoLTE & ViLTE: Global Market Update: August 2019
A total of 262 operators are investing in VoLTE in 120 countries (including territories, dependencies and disputed territories), including 194 operators with commercially launched VoLTE-HD voice service in 91 countries. Ireland, the Maldives, Niue and Tuvalu are among those countries with recent VoLTE service launches.
Since the last report in February 2019, launches have been announced or identified by GSA for BNSL (India, in two circles), Digi (Hungary), Mobile Telecommunications Company of Iran, Ooredoo (Maldives), Safaricom (Kenya), Telefonica Movistar (Mexico), TTC (Tuvalu), Vodafone (Ireland), Vodafone (New Zealand) and Telecom Niue.
At least 30 other operators are known to be deploying VoLTE and nearly 40 other operators are known to be planning VoLTE or are testing/trialling the technology.
Full lists of operators investing in VoLTE and with launched VoLTE services can be found in GSA’s Networks, Technologies and Spectrum database.
There are 2,432 devices in GSA’s GAMBoD database which support VoLTE technology, of which nearly 86% are phones. There continues to be an increase in the proportion of non-phone VoLTE-capable devices such as routers and modules. GSA has identified 195 modules (up from 106 in our last report) that support VoLTE, and 57 routers (up from 37). Other types of device which support VoLTE include asset trackers, fixed-wireless terminals (VoLTE-enabled wireless desktop phones), cameras, tablet PCs, femtocells, smart watches and USB modems. The total count of devices supporting VoLTE is 459 more devices than in February 2019.