With Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) rapidly becoming a big alternative to the tax-laden land-line concept, it's not surprising that some are wondering if it will migrate to the mobile phone markets as well.
And that's what Doug Makishima (News - Alert) of D2 Technologies has in mind for discussion at the 2012 CTIA Wireless event in New Orleans, May 8.
Makishima will run a panel dubbed "Deploying VoLTE: The Next Horizon in Mobile Voice" as part of FierceWireless' Path to 4G Conference within the CTIA event. During his presentation, he'll address questions about the emergence of Voice over LTE (News - Alert) networks, and the problems that wide rollouts of such technology will bring with it in the United States market.
The panel will also bring in discussion of other next-generation mobile voice services, and how such services can be used as revenue generators for mobile carriers.
Makishima won't be alone on this front, however, as a variety of other presenters will be on hand including Chris Pearson (News - Alert), president of 4G Americas; Pardeep Kohli, president and CEO of Mavenir Systems; and session moderator Susan Welsh de Grimaldo, who also serves as director of mobile broadband opportunities at Strategy Analytics (News - Alert).
The Path to 4G Conference itself, meanwhile, won't be just that panel, but will also serve as a way to provide a full overview of the 4G industry itself, including core elements like networks, backhaul, services and pricing plans. They also look to put up a state of the industry report, and include input from a variety of sources from chip and device makers to industry association and even content providers and cable companies.
The event should serve as both update and overview to the 4G industry as a whole, and considering the sheer number of challenges 4G faces – between the expense and comparative difficulty of rollouts to the perception that, on many fronts, 4G is already proving insufficient – 4G is having its share of issues.
But with conferences like these in the offing, hopefully all the great minds in the networking scheme can get together and come up with some solutions for all those people out there who love their 4G speeds, but wish they could have that speed for things other than text before losing them.
So while 4G and VoLTE won't be without their problems, it's clear that the 4G industry means to fix as many of them as they can, as evidenced by events like the Path to 4G Conference.
Edited by Braden Becker