4G & Mobile VoIP

Will 4G affect Mobile VOIP?

Thanks to the startling development of VoIP based telecommunication technology, customers today are able to make telephone calls at fraction of the cost of the conventional mobiles, irrespective of the distance.

This has been a phenomenal achievement in telecommunication, and, with the passing of each day, the technology is being bettered and made superior for more seamless and quality communication between two or more individuals all over the globe. In the pursuit of better and better quality communication, 4G or fourth generation of mobile communication technology is being introduced. Experts are of the belief that this will affect the Mobile VoIP technology based telecommunication in a big way.

There are a number of advantages that 4G will deliver. The introduction of 4G provides notably greater range in the LAN access than WiFi. While the WiFi runs via radio waves and has a limited range of only a few hundred feet, 4G runs on high frequency microwaves, and hence it provides seamless LAN access over huge distances, measured in terms of kilometers.

The ITU or the International Telecommunications Union has stipulated the standard rates of 4G data at not less than 100 megabits/sec, while the users are on move and 1 gigabit per second while static or stationary. This is much better than the current 3G data rates and will mean faster rate of data transfer and hence better communication.

Most of the companies are on the verge of implementation of the Long Term Evolution (LTE) upgrades into the existing networks. Both LTE as well as 4G are based on packed switch technology instead of circuit switch technology. This means, unlike the present day setup, there will be no separate networks for voice data. This will further augment the quality of the VoIP based communication system.

4G should also enhance the efficiency of the communication system. Security will be enhanced with built-in mechanisms such as mutual authentication.

4G is backwards compatible. Users will very much be able to interface with the previous, older 3G based networks effortlessly, besides being able to connect with the other 4G networks as well as LTE based networks. Alternatively speaking, if any user is looking forward to make a call to someone who is still using a 3G network, the person can get in touch with that individual without any problem whatsoever.

In nutshell, by increasing the speed, quality, reliability and security of the mobile based VoIP calls, once introduced, 4G is all set to attract a plethora of new customers. Since 4G will be entirely based on IP network, it will smear if not eliminate the borderline between traditional voice and the VoIP based telephony.

About Nebula Solutions

Nebula Solutions (originally Technology Convergence Group (TCG)) is a provider of business telecommunication solutions in the Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati, Ohio areas. Nebula Solutions is a Toshiba Platinum Dealer, which is the highest attainable certification level. Nebula Solutions supports all Toshiba telephone systems from the IPedge VoIP system all the way to Strata communication systems. At Nebula Solutions, our technicians are Toshiba certified and have an average of over 20 years of experience.

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History of Mobile VoIP

Mobile VoIP or, mVoIP, can be termed as an extension of the VoIP based network. There are two types of communication systems that are normally supported. One is the cordless/DECT/PCS protocols that are designed for shorter ranges or campus based communication. The second is an extension of mobility through 3G/4G protocols for the wider area communication network.

However, whatever is seen today has not been achieved overnight. It took decades of research and experiment to reach at this stage.

It all started in the summer of 2006, when a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) stack saw the daylight for the first time, along with a VoIP client in Nokia Wi-Fi mobiles. End users client were later on was introduced to a series of dual mode Wi-Fi mobiles, the most notable amongst them was the Nokia N95 that was immensely popular in Europe. This was, literally, the first step in mobile VoIP.

The trend continued through 2007. The year 2008 saw the introduction of built in SIP-VoIP client in the Nokia 6300i, which ran Series 40 Operating system. The same year also saw the introduction of the further updated model of SIP-VoIP client in Forum Nokia.

In the following year – 2009, OpenWRT, the GNU/Linux based firmware program became compatible with the mobile based VoIP applications, through Asterisk, which can run on a USB stick. OpenWRT can run on most of the Wi-Fi routers. This drastically expanded the reach of the mobile VoIP applications. This opened mobile VoIP to a wider market.

Then, in the year 2010, Apple updated and improved the iPhone development Software Development Kit (SDK) over the various mobile networks that were operational at that time. iCall subsequently became the very first App Store to introduce VoIP on iPhone and iPod Touch on 3G networks, meant for mobile phones. Because of the immense popularity of Apple products, mobile VoIP took a solid position.

In the same year, towards the later, half Nokia came up with 3 new dualmode Series 40 handsets that were WiFi capable and supported HD voice.

2011 saw the introduction of a wide range of mobile phones and iPhones with the inbuilt SIP VoIP along with 6 types of cordless handsets, which complimented the popular KX-TGA model analog phones.

In late 2011, Nokia Asha 303 was introduced with the integrated SIP-VoIP client that could operate both with 3G as well as the WiFi networks.

The following 2-3 years saw further development of technology and introduction of highly developed smart phones with inbuilt VoIP technology. By September 2014, mobile enabled VoIP or VoLTE was introduced by T-Mobile and by AT&T Mobility.

In the future, the VoLTE designed and developed by Verizon Wireless is likely to allow features like video sharing, file transfers and chat functionality.

About Nebula Solutions

Nebula Solutions (originally Technology Convergence Group (TCG)) is a provider of business telecommunication solutions in the Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati, Ohio areas. Nebula Solutions is a Toshiba Platinum Dealer, which is the highest attainable certification level. Nebula Solutions supports all Toshiba telephone systems from the IPedge VoIP system all the way to Strata communication systems. At Nebula Solutions, our technicians are Toshiba certified and have an average of over 20 years of experience.

Call (888) 257-0955 today for all your telecommunication needs.