The VoLTE (Voice over LTE) Ecosystem: 2018 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts

The VoLTE (Voice over LTE) Ecosystem: 2018 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts

Report Code: KNJ00013 | No. of Pages: 279 | Category: Telecom and IT
Publisher: SnS Telecom | Date of Publish: Apr-2018
VoLTE (Voice over LTE) technology allows a voice call to be placed over an LTE network, enabling mobile operators to reduce reliance on legacy circuit-switched networks.  Powered by IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) architecture, VoLTE brings a host of benefits to operators ranging from the ability to refarm legacy 2G and 3G spectrum to offering their subscribers a differentiated service experience through capabilities such as HD voice and video telephony.

First deployed by South Korean operators in 2012, VoLTE is continuing to gain momentum globally. As of Q2’2018, more than 140 mobile operators have commercially launched VoLTE services, and several roaming and interoperability agreements are already in place.

SNS Telecom & IT estimates that VoLTE service revenue will grow at a CAGR of approximately 30% between 2018 and 2021. By the end of 2021, VoLTE subscriptions will account for more than $280 Billion in annual service revenue. Although traditional voice services will constitute a major proportion of this figure, more than 16% of the revenue will be driven by voice based IoT applications, video calling and supplementary services.

The “VoLTE (Voice over LTE) Ecosystem: 2018 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts” report presents an in-depth assessment of the VoLTE ecosystem including market drivers, challenges, enabling technologies, applications, key trends, standardization, regulatory landscape, mobile operator case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents forecasts for VoLTE-capable device shipments, subscriptions, service revenue and infrastructure investments from 2018 till 2030. The forecasts cover 14 submarkets and 6 regions.

The report comes with an associated Excel datasheet suite covering quantitative data from all numeric forecasts presented in the report.Topics Covered
The report covers the following topics: 
 - VoLTE ecosystem
 - Market drivers and barriers
 - VoLTE infrastructure, devices, roaming and interconnection technology
 - Case studies of over 20 commercial VoLTE deployments
 - OTT mobile voice and video services
 - Complementary technologies including Wi-Fi calling, RCS and WebRTC
 - Vertical market opportunities including voice based IoT applications and MCPTT (Mission Critical Push-to-Talk) voice services
 - VoLTE services over MVNO networks
 - Service assurance platforms for VoLTE
 - Regulatory landscape, collaborative initiatives and standardization
 - Industry roadmap and value chain
 - Profiles and strategies of more than 100 leading ecosystem players including device OEMs, VoLTE solution providers and mobile operators
 - Strategic recommendations for VoLTE solution providers and mobile operators
 - Market analysis and forecasts from 2018 till 2030

Forecast Segmentation
VoLTE subscription, service revenue, device and infrastructure revenue forecasts are provided for each of the following submarkets and their subcategories:
VoLTE-Capable Devices
 - Handsets
  ○ Smartphones & Phablets
  ○ Feature Phones
 - Smartwatches & Wearables
 - Tablets, CPEs & Other Devices
 - IoT Modules

VoLTE Subscriptions & Services
 - Voice Telephony
 - Video & Supplementary Services
 - Voice Based IoT Applications

VoLTE Infrastructure
 - CSCF (Call Session Control Function) Servers
 - SBCs (Session Border Controllers)
 - VoLTE Application Servers
 - Other IMS Elements (HSS, BGCF, MGCF & MRF)
 - VoLTE-Capable Policy Control Solutions

Regional Markets
 - Asia Pacific
 - Eastern Europe
 - Latin & Central America
 - Middle East & Africa
 - North America
 - Western Europe

Key Questions Answered 
The report provides answers to the following key questions:
 - How big is the VoLTE opportunity?
 - What trends, challenges and barriers are influencing its growth?
 - How is the ecosystem evolving by segment and region?
 - What will the market size be in 2021 and at what rate will it grow?
 - Which regions and countries will see the highest percentage of growth?
 - How will VoLTE-capable device shipments grow over time?
 - Who are the key market players and what are their strategies?
 - How can VoLTE help operators in reducing the flow of voice subscribers to OTT application providers?
 - What are the prospects of Wi-Fi calling, RCS and WebRTC?
 - What much will operators invest in VoLTE service assurance solutions?
 - How can mobile operators and MVNOs capitalize on VoLTE to drive revenue growth?
 - How can VoLTE help operators in refarming their 2G and 3G spectrum assets?
 - What is the status of international roaming and VoLTE-to-VoLTE interconnection agreements?
 - What strategies should VoLTE solution providers and mobile operators adopt to remain competitive?

Key Findings 
The report has the following key findings: 
 - By 2021, SNS Telecom & IT estimates that VoLTE subscriptions will account for over $280 Billion in annual service revenue, as mobile operators remain committed to VoLTE as the long term solution to secure a fully native IP-based telephony experience.
 - Besides smartphones, VoLTE technology is increasingly being integrated into other devices including feature phones, IoT modules and wearables such as smart watches.
 - In certain technically advanced markets, mobile operators have already begun the process of switching off their legacy circuit switched 2G and 3G networks, as voice traffic transitions to VoLTE networks.
 - Nearly all VoLTE operators are integrating their VoLTE services with Wi-Fi calling in a bid to offer voice services in areas where their licensed spectrum coverage is limited.
 - The VoLTE infrastructure vendor arena is continuing to consolidate with several prominent M&A deals such as the merger of Sonus Networks and GENBAND to form Ribbon Communications, Cisco's acquisition of BroadSoft, and Metaswitch Networks' acquisition of OpenCloud to offer a pure-play software VoLTE solution.

List of Companies Mentioned
3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project)
Accedian Networks
Affirmed Networks
AIS (Advanced Info Service)
Alpha Networks
Altair Semiconductor
Anritsu Corporation
Aptilo Networks
ARIB (Association of Radio Industries and Businesses, Japan)
ARM Holdings
ASUS (ASUSTeK Computer)
ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, United States)
BBK Electronics Corporation
BOOM! Mobile
BT Group
CCN (Cirrus Core Networks)
CCSA (China Communications Standards Association)
Cellwize Wireless Technologies
China Mobile
China Mobile Hong Kong
Cisco Systems
Continual (CellMining)
D2 Technologies
Dell Technologies
D-Link Corporation
DT (Deutsche Telekom)
DTAC (Total Access Communication)
Du (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company)
ELUON Corporation
ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, South Korea)
ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute)
F5 Networks
Foxconn Technology Group
Fraunhofer IIS (Institute for Integrated Circuits)
GCT Semiconductor
GL Communications
HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise)
Hrvatski Telekom
HTC Corporation
IBM Corporation
IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
Imagination Technologies
Intel Corporation
Interop Technologies
ITU (International Telecommunications Union)
Jibe Mobile
KDDI Corporation
Keysight Technologies
Kineto Wireless
KISDI (Korea Information Society Development Institute)
KT Corporation
LG Electronics
LG Uplus
Mavenir Systems
Meeami Technologies
Metaswitch Networks
MetroPCS Communications
Motorola Mobility
Mushroom Networks
NEC Corporation
NetComm Wireless
Netcracker Technology
Newfield Wireless
NewNet Mobile Communications
Nexus Telecom 
Nokia Networks
NXP Semiconductors
NXP Software
Oracle Communications
Oracle Corporation
Orange Romania
Proximus Group
Radisys Corporation
Reliance Industries
Reliance Jio Infocomm
Ribbon Communications
Rogers Communications
Rohde & Schwarz
Samsung Electronics
Sequans Communications
Sharp Corporation
Sierra Wireless
SK Telecom
SoftBank Group
Sonus Networks
Sony Corporation
Sony Mobile Communications
Spirent Communications
Spreadtrum Communications
Sprint Corporation
Summit Tech
Syniverse Technologies
Systemics Group
Telecom Italia Group
Telefónica Germany (O2)
Telefónica Group
Telefónica UK (O2)
Telenor Group
Telit Communications
Three Hong Kong
TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile)
TIM Brasil
T-Mobile Czech Republic
T-Mobile Poland
T-Mobile USA
TNS (Transaction Network Services)
TSDSI (Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India)
TTA (Telecommunications Technology Association of Korea)
TTC (Telecommunication Technology Committee, Japan)
Verizon Communications
Viavi Solutions
Vodafone Czech Republic
Vodafone Germany
Vodafone Group
Vodafone Hutchison Australia
Vodafone India
Vodafone Italy
Vodafone Netherlands
Vodafone Portugal
Vodafone Romania
Vodafone Spain
Vodafone Turkey
Vodafone UK
VoiceAge Corporation
W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)
WBA (Wireless Broadband Alliance)
Wi-Fi Alliance
WIT Software
Table of Contents 
1 Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1 Executive Summary
1.2 Topics Covered
1.3 Forecast Segmentation
1.4 Key Questions Answered
1.5 Key Findings
1.6 Methodology
1.7 Target Audience
1.8 Companies & Organizations Mentioned
2 Chapter 2: An Overview of VoLTE
2.1 What is VoLTE?
2.2 Architectural Evolution of VoLTE
2.2.1 CSFB (Circuit-Switched Fallback): The First Step Towards VoLTE
2.2.2 The Push From CDMA Operators
2.2.3 Towards an IMS Based VoLTE Solution
2.2.4 SRVCC (Single Radio Voice Call Continuity)
2.2.5 Integrating Video Telephony
2.3 Key Enabling Technologies
2.3.1 VoLTE Infrastructure IMS Core: CSCF, HSS, BGCF & MGCF VoLTE Application Servers SBC (Session Border Controller) MRF (Media Resource Function) PCRF (Policy and Charging Rules Function)
2.3.2 VoLTE Devices
2.3.3 Roaming & Interconnection Technology LBO (Local Breakout) S8HR (S8 Home Routing)
2.4 Market Growth Drivers
2.4.1 Spectral Efficiency & Cost Reduction
2.4.2 Enabling HD Voice, Video Calling & Rich IP Communications
2.4.3 Improved Battery Life
2.4.4 Integration with Wi-Fi: Enhanced Indoor Voice Coverage
2.4.5 Bundling Voice with Other Services
2.4.6 Fighting the OTT Threat
2.5 Market Barriers
2.5.1 Initial Lack of Compatible Devices
2.5.2 Roaming & Interconnect Issues
2.5.3 Limited Revenue Potential
2.5.4 Service Assurance Challenges
3 Chapter 3: Standardization, Regulatory & Collaborative Initiatives
3.1 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project)
3.1.1 Release 8: VoLTE Interface Requirements
3.1.2 Release 9: Support for SRVCC & VoLTE Emergency Calls
3.1.3 Release 10: eSRVCC & aSRVCC
3.1.4 Release 11: vSRVCC, rSRVCC & VoLTE Roaming Architecture
3.1.5 Release 12: EVS & HEVC Codecs
3.1.6 Release 13: MCPTT for Critical Communications
3.1.7 Release 14: VoLTE Support for IoT Services
3.1.8 Release 15: Further Enhancements to Improve VoLTE User Experience
3.2 GSMA
3.2.1 Feature Requirements IR.92: IMS Profile for Voice and SMS IR.94: IMS Profile for Conversational Video Service
3.2.2 Roaming, Interworking & Other Guidelines IR.64: IMS Service Centralization & Continuity Guidelines IR.65: IMS Roaming & Interworking Guidelines IR.88: LTE Roaming Guidelines
3.3 ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute)
3.3.1 Virtualization for VoLTE Infrastructure NFV ISG (Industry Specification Group): Releases 1 – 3
3.4 Others
4 Chapter 4: VoLTE Deployment Case Studies
4.1 AT&T
4.1.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.1.2 Vendor Selection
4.1.3 Future Prospects
4.2 China Mobile
4.2.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.2.2 Vendor Selection
4.2.3 Future Prospects
4.3 DT (Deutsche Telekom)
4.3.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.3.2 Vendor Selection
4.3.3 Future Prospects
4.4 Du (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company)
4.4.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.4.2 Vendor Selection
4.4.3 Future Prospects
4.5 EE
4.5.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.5.2 Vendor Selection
4.5.3 Future Prospects
4.6 KDDI Corporation
4.6.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.6.2 Vendor Selection
4.6.3 Future Prospects
4.7 KT Corporation
4.7.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.7.2 Vendor Selection
4.7.3 Future Prospects
4.8 LG Uplus
4.8.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.8.2 Vendor Selection
4.8.3 Future Prospects
4.9 NTT DoCoMo
4.9.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.9.2 Vendor Selection
4.9.3 Future Prospects
4.10 Orange
4.10.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.10.2 Vendor Selection
4.10.3 Future Prospects
4.11 Reliance Jio Infocomm
4.11.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.11.2 Vendor Selection
4.11.3 Future Prospects
4.12 Rogers Communications
4.12.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.12.2 Vendor Selection
4.12.3 Future Prospects
4.13 Singtel
4.13.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.13.2 Vendor Selection
4.13.3 Future Prospects
4.14 SK Telecom
4.14.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.14.2 Vendor Selection
4.14.3 Future Prospects
4.15 SoftBank Group
4.15.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.15.2 Vendor Selection
4.15.3 Future Prospects
4.16 Swisscom
4.16.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.16.2 Vendor Selection
4.16.3 Future Prospects
4.17 Telefónica Group
4.17.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.17.2 Vendor Selection
4.17.3 Future Prospects
4.18 Telenor Group
4.18.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.18.2 Vendor Selection
4.18.3 Future Prospects
4.19 Telstra
4.19.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.19.2 Vendor Selection
4.19.3 Future Prospects
4.20 TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile)
4.20.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.20.2 Vendor Selection
4.20.3 Future Prospects
4.21 Verizon Communications
4.21.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.21.2 Vendor Selection
4.21.3 Future Prospects
4.22 Vodafone Group
4.22.1 Service Launch Strategy
4.22.2 Vendor Selection
4.22.3 Future Prospects
5 Chapter 5: Industry Roadmap & Value Chain
5.1 Industry Roadmap
5.1.1 Pre-2020: Large-Scale VoLTE Service Rollouts
5.1.2 2020 – 2025: Building IoT & Advanced Services on VoLTE Architecture
5.1.3 2025 – 2030: Continued Investments with 5G Rollouts
5.2 Value Chain
5.2.1 Enabling Technology Providers
5.2.2 VoLTE & IMS Infrastructure Suppliers
5.2.3 VoLTE Device OEMs
5.2.4 Roaming, Billing & Supplementary Service Providers
5.2.5 Mobile Operators
5.2.6 Test, Measurement & Performance Specialists
6 Chapter 6: Key Ecosystem Players
6.1 Accedian Networks
6.2 Affirmed Networks
6.4 Alpha Networks
6.5 Altair Semiconductor
6.6 Amdocs
6.7 Anritsu Corporation
6.8 Apple
6.9 Aptilo Networks
6.10 Aricent/Altran
6.11 Astellia
6.12 ASUS (ASUSTeK Computer)
6.13 BBK Electronics Corporation/OPPO/Vivo
6.14 BICS
6.15 Broadcom
6.16 BT Group
6.17 CCN (Cirrus Core Networks)
6.18 Cellwize Wireless Technologies
6.19 CENX
6.20 CEVA
6.21 Cirpack
6.22 Cisco Systems
6.23 Continual (CellMining)
6.24 D2 Technologies
6.25 Dialogic
6.26 DigitalRoute
6.27 D-Link Corporation
6.28 Ecrio
6.29 ELUON Corporation
6.30 Empirix
6.31 Ericsson
6.32 EXFO
6.33 F5 Networks
6.34 Federos
6.35 Foxconn Technology Group
6.36 Fraunhofer IIS (Institute for Integrated Circuits)
6.37 Fujitsu
6.38 GCT Semiconductor
6.39 Gemalto
6.40 Gigamon
6.41 GL Communications
6.42 Google/Alphabet
6.43 Hitachi
6.44 HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise)
6.45 HTC Corporation
6.46 Huawei
6.47 iBasis
6.48 IBM Corporation
6.49 IMSWorkX
6.50 InfoVista
6.51 Intel Corporation
6.52 InterDigital
6.53 Interop Technologies
6.54 Iskratel
6.55 Italtel
6.56 Keysight Technologies/Ixia
6.57 Lenovo
6.58 LG Electronics
6.59 Mavenir Systems
6.60 Meeami Technologies
6.61 Metaswitch Networks
6.62 Mobileum
6.63 Mushroom Networks
6.65 Napatech
6.66 NEC Corporation
6.67 NetComm Wireless
6.69 NETSCOUT Systems
6.70 NewNet Mobile Communications
6.71 Nokia Networks
6.72 NXP Semiconductors
6.73 Openet
6.74 Optiva
6.75 Oracle Communications
6.76 Polystar
6.77 Qualcomm
6.78 Quortus
6.80 Radisys Corporation
6.81 Ribbon Communications
6.82 Rohde & Schwarz
6.83 Samsung Electronics
6.84 Sandvine
6.85 Sansay
6.86 Sequans Communications
6.87 Sierra Wireless
6.88 SIGOS
6.89 Softil
6.90 Sony Mobile Communications
6.91 Spirent Communications
6.93 Spreadtrum Communications
6.94 Summit Tech
6.95 Syniverse Technologies
6.96 SysMech
6.97 Systemics Group
6.98 Telit Communications
6.99 TNS (Transaction Network Services)
6.100 Viavi Solutions
6.101 VMware
6.102 VoiceAge Corporation
6.103 Voipfuture
6.104 WIT Software
6.105 Xiaomi
6.106 ZTE
7 Chapter 7: Market Sizing & Forecasts
7.1 Global Outlook for VoLTE
7.2 VoLTE-Capable Devices
7.2.1 VoLTE-Capable Device Unit Shipments
7.2.2 VoLTE-Capable Device Unit Shipment Revenue
7.2.3 Segmentation by Form Factor
7.2.4 Handsets Smartphones & Phablets Feature Phones
7.2.5 Smartwatches & Wearables
7.2.6 Tablets, CPEs & Other Devices
7.2.7 IoT Modules
7.3 VoLTE Subscriptions & Service Revenue
7.3.1 VoLTE Subscriptions
7.3.2 VoLTE Service Revenue
7.3.3 Segmentation by Application
7.3.4 Voice Telephony
7.3.5 Video & Supplementary Services
7.3.6 Voice Based IoT Applications
7.4 VoLTE Infrastructure
7.4.1 Segmentation by Submarket
7.4.2 CSCF Servers
7.4.3 SBCs
7.4.4 VoLTE Application Servers
7.4.5 Other IMS Elements (HSS, BGCF, MGCF & MRF)
7.4.6 VoLTE-Capable Policy Control Solutions
7.5 Segmentation by Region
7.5.1 VoLTE-Capable Devices
7.5.2 VoLTE Subscriptions & Service Revenue
7.5.3 VoLTE Infrastructure
7.6 Asia Pacific
7.6.1 VoLTE-Capable Devices
7.6.2 VoLTE Subscriptions & Service Revenue
7.6.3 VoLTE Infrastructure
7.7 Eastern Europe
7.7.1 VoLTE-Capable Devices
7.7.2 VoLTE Subscriptions & Service Revenue
7.7.3 VoLTE Infrastructure
7.8 Latin & Central America
7.8.1 VoLTE-Capable Devices
7.8.2 VoLTE Subscriptions & Service Revenue
7.8.3 VoLTE Infrastructure
7.9 Middle East & Africa
7.9.1 VoLTE-Capable Devices
7.9.2 VoLTE Subscriptions & Service Revenue
7.9.3 VoLTE Infrastructure
7.10 North America
7.10.1 VoLTE-Capable Devices
7.10.2 VoLTE Subscriptions & Service Revenue
7.10.3 VoLTE Infrastructure
7.11 Western Europe
7.11.1 VoLTE-Capable Devices
7.11.2 VoLTE Subscriptions & Service Revenue
7.11.3 VoLTE Infrastructure
8 Chapter 8: Conclusion, Key Trends & Strategic Recommendations
8.1 Why is the Market Poised to Grow?
8.2 Competitive Industry Landscape: Acquisitions, Alliances & Consolidation
8.3 Geographic Outlook: Which Countries Offer the Highest Growth Potential?
8.4 Monetization: Can VoLTE Drive Revenue Growth?
8.5 Enabling Voice Calls for Wearables & IoT Devices
8.5.1 Certification of VoLTE-Capable IoT Modules
8.5.2 VoLTE Integration in Consumer Oriented Wearables
8.6 Operator Branded OTT Services: Implications for VoLTE
8.7 Virtualization: Moving VoLTE to the Cloud
8.8 Growing Investments in VoLTE Service Assurance
8.9 Prospects of the EVS (Enhanced Voice Services) Codec
8.10 Convergence with Wi-Fi Calling
8.10.1 Moving Towards IMS-Based Wi-Fi Calling Services
8.10.2 Future Prospects
8.11 Opportunities for MVNOs
8.11.1 Enabling Service Differentiation
8.11.2 Growing MVNE (Mobile Virtual Network Enabler) Investments in VoLTE Infrastructure
8.11.3 How Big is the VoLTE Service Revenue Opportunity for MVNOs?
8.12 WebRTC: Friend or Foe?
8.13 Status of RCS Adoption
8.14 Prospects of Roaming and Interconnected VoLTE Services
8.15 MCPTT over VoLTE: Enabling Critical Communications
8.16 Strategic Recommendations
8.16.1 VoLTE Solution Providers
8.16.2 Mobile Operators & MVNOs

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