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Wireless Industry Leaders Launch Voice over LTE Initiative Based on 3GPP Generic Access Network Standard
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A group of leading equipment vendors and carriers have founded a standards-setting association for delivering voice over LTE networks, named the Voice over LTE via Generic Access (VoLGA) Forum.  The VoLGA Forum aims to define a common set of specifications for enabling delivery of voice and messaging services over all-IP packet-based LTE networks based on the current 3GPP Generic Access Network (GAN) standard to ensure a smooth transition for voice traffic currently delivered mostly over circuit-switched networks.
 
LTE is an all-Internet-Protocol data network doesn’t offer is the same circuit-switched voice technology of current cellular networks Today, most voice traffic goes over a circuit switched network — be it over cell phones or landlines. With LTE’s all IP-network, that voice traffic would need to be VoIP, but that’s not something carriers are too excited about. Most of them are concerned about costs and the user experience

Today, a group of leaders in the wireless industry comprised of Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, Kineto Wireless, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nortel, Samsung, Starent Networks, T-Mobile and ZTE announced a joint effort, referred to as the Voice over LTE via Generic Access (VoLGA) Forum.

The joint effort aims to define a set of specifications within the forum for enabling delivery of voice services over LTE access networks based on the current 3GPP Generic Access Network (GAN) standard.

The VoLGA Forum seeks to enable mobile operators to deliver voice and messaging services over upcoming LTE radio access networks using the same core networks they use today to support voice services on 2G/GSM and 3G/UMTS radio access networks.

VoLGA Forum participants are currently working together to create the initial set of VoLGA specifications, which they intend to complete and publish by mid-2009.