If you are paying attention to the regulations on termination rates around the world, by now you know that there is a new way of buying and selling voice calls in the European Economic Area. Voice traffic terminating in many European destinations and comprising nearly 20% of the world market is now subject to multiple rates, all depending on where the call comes from. These are massive traffic streams with more complicated rating and routing requirements and this presents a challenge that most telcos aren’t equipped to face today – not if you want to maintain your market share and avoid costly invoice surprises that is!
Mobile operators around the world are launching Voice service over their LTE infrastructure (VoLTE) as the primary voice solution for their LTE subscribers. Unlike traditional circuit-switched voice, VoLTE exclusively uses IP packets over the LTE core network. Regardless of whether the call is domestic, international or roaming, is free of charge to the end user. Such a collective operational decision among the GSMA community simplifies the process of billing and settlement among MNOs, however it introduces a vulnerability for exploitation from some adversaries.
On August 2 2016, iBasis celebrated its 20th anniversary. Compared to our parent company KPN that counts more than 160 years of service, 20 years sound
Why an Industry Pioneer Decided to Bring Wholesale Voice Back into Focus
The market has spoken: Wholesale is here to stay. In decline? Unquestionably. But with more than 30 billion minutes in 2015, making up 20% of the international voice market, those players who dare stay in the game will continue to reap the rewards of their perseverance.
Most mobile operators around the world are planning to launch voice service over the LTE infrastructure, better known in the industry as VoLTE. Before 2014, standards bodies such as the 3GPP and GSMA, along with most mobile operators, were considering the Local Breakout (LBO) model for VoLTE roaming. In this model, a visited LTE operator provides local breakout of roaming calls, routing them locally or sending them to the home network for routing. This was considered an effective voice roaming model, similar to the roaming model used by 3G networks.