VoLTE Enables voice support for IoT and M2M applications.
Sequans Communications S.A. announced that Verizon has certified the Calliope LTE Cat 1 chipset to support VoLTE applications. Verizon’s IoT strategy is supported by Sequans’ Calliope chipset, which was the first LTE Cat 1 chipset to come to market, the first to be certified by Verizon, and now the first to support VoLTE.
“Our Cat 1 Calliope technology has been very well-received in the IoT market,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “Calliope enables exciting opportunities for IoT developers as a low-cost platform designed and optimized for low power operation. The addition of VoLTE capability significantly broadens the range of applications Calliope can support.”
Chris Schmidt, executive director of Device Technology at Verizon, said:
“We are pleased to see voice enabled low-cost LTE solutions such as Calliope come to market. This expands the portfolio of chipset and module solutions available for customers to connect to the nation’s largest, most reliable LTE network.”
“With certified chipsets and modules, product developers can commercialize products faster and with lower certification time and cost.”
Calliope’s VoLTE capabilities are enabled by a fully integrated on-chip IMS stack and media processing engine. The platform supports LTE quality of service for fast call setup and low-latency voice calls. Calliope also supports advanced calling features such as conference calling, call waiting, and call forwarding; and it supports all major voice codecs including AMR-wideband for Verizon’s HD Voice service.
“Voice support in M2M and IoT is increasingly a requirement for many applications,” said Andrew Brown, head of IoT research at Strategy Analytics. “LTE Cat 1 chipsets, such as those from Sequans that are purpose-built for M2M and IoT and include native support for VoLTE, address the market demands of these applications. We see a meaningful role for VoLTE-enabled LTE Cat 1 solutions in enabling continued growth in this segment as a logical successor to aging 2G and 3G technologies.”
Also certified for VoLTE by Verizon Wireless at this time is the VZ120Q module based on Calliope that includes complete RF support for Verizon’s LTE bands 4 and 13. Calliope is a member of Sequans’ StreamliteLTE™ family of products for the Internet of Things.
Potential IoT applications for Cat 1 with VoLTE
- Security control and alarm panels for smart homes
- Connected wearables for fitness, consumer electronics and healthcare applications
- In-car applications for emergency calling, concierge services and roadside assistance
- People tracking monitors for children or seniors with emergency calling capability
- Call boxes for elevator and roadside applications
- Parking kiosks, vending machines, ATMs and package drop-off stations
- Ruggedized PDAs for logistics and delivery personnel