Russian operators are asking smartphone manufacturers to change the settings LTE and Wi-Fi
Russian tour operators asked smartphone manufacturers to include in their devices support multimedia messaging (IMS): voice and video over LTE and Wi-Fi and messaging as standard RCS. As reported by “Vedomosti”, may 30, the corresponding letter was signed by the CEOs of the “big four”: President of MTS Andrei Dubovskov, head of “Beeline” Mikhail Slobodin, General Director of “MegaFon” Sergey Soldatenkov, the General Director of “Tele2” Sergey Emdin.
Specification IMS gives the possibility to make calls over LTE (VoLTE) and Wi-Fi (VoWiFi), transferred by the video signal LTE (ViLTE) and realize technology RCS standard, enabling operators to launch their own instant messengers. Now, however, not all mobile devices are ready to provide operators of such services, to the letter. Therefore, the operators are asking vendors to make the necessary settings on the smartphone, which will be imported into Russia and sold not through carrier retail. Among the recipients of the letters – Apple, HTC, Huawei, LG, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, TCL, ZTE, Meizu. To send letters began this week.
Operators are turning to manufacturers with a proposal to perform the necessary configuration software imported into Russia mobile devices, says a representative of “MegaFon” Julia Dorokhin. Therefore, these devices will be able to fully provide a whole set of new services for subscribers. It is essential that all exported to Russia “free channel” subscriber units supported a priori the entire set of operator settings.
Similar adjustments are made to last stage of creating a smartphone – when you install the software on the device. From a technical point of view, producers may perform the required Russian operators improvement without increase in the cost of their product. On the other hand, the implementation of these additions will lead to the fact that the period of production of the smartphone will increase slightly, but not critically.
However, even if the necessary agreements will be reached, an obstacle to the implementation of these technologies on the architecture of the IMS may be the incompatibility of devices and networks. In addition, the operator’s technologies, it has limitations. So, for both VoLTE subscriber must have a compatible device to be in the range of 4G coverage, to be subscribed to 4G services (and not only to position 4G-compatible device) and during the entire conversation to be in the same network.