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MetroPCS delays launch of VoLTE service until later this year

News by Dan Seifert on Monday March 26, 2012.

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MetroPCS has announced that it will not launch voice over LTE (VoLTE) service in Q1 as initially planned, but will deploy it in the second half of this year. VoLTE is a technology that lets carriers transmit voice calls in addition to data traffic over an LTE network.

Moving voice traffic to LTE airwaves will allow MetroPCS to free up some of the spectrum currently used by its CDMA services, which it can then repurpose for LTE service."If you keep voice on CDMA and data only on LTE, which is kind of what we're doing today before VoLTE, you're not able to refarm. So, for us, it's extremely important to have VoLTE so we can get that traffic off of CDMA and get ourselves refarmed fully to LTE," said senior vice president of engineering and network operations Ed Chao.

MetroPCS has not announced a specific date as to when VoLTE service will be operational, but it has committed to offering at least one smartphone capable of using the technology before the end of this year.

Verizon Wireless is also looking to deploy VoLTE service in the future, but it has not been as aggressive with its plan as MetroPCS has been. [via Fierce Wireless]

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