Huawei has received the largest share of VoLTE project from China Mobile.
China Mobile’s VoLTE project includes network convergence building and reconstruction across 31 provinces and municipalities in China.
Earlier this year, Huawei said it has bagged 35 new VoLTE deals in 2014.
80 operators in 42 countries are investing in VoLTE deployments, studies or trials, with 14 operators having launched HD voice service using VoLTE in 7 countries. Many more launches are expected in 2015, said GSA in a January 2015 note.
In a statement issued on Friday, Huawei said it will capture almost half of the China Mobile VoLTE project share, according to the result of the overall bidding process announced yesterday.
China Mobile, the largest telecom operator in the world based subscriber base, aims to provide services for 50 million commercial VoLTE subscribers by the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016.
The telecom operator will rely on fixed IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks and Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) networks across 14 of China’s provinces.
Among these 14 provinces, Huawei has won the bid to conduct FMC transformation for 12 developed coastal provinces and cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangdong, Zhejiang, and Jiangsu.
There are 28 commercial VoLTE deployments currently existing worldwide according to GSMA. Huawei has won over 50 VoLTE commercialization contracts as of July 2015, making it a leading strategic partner for global leading operators in the field of VoLTE.
Meanwhile, Infonetics Research, a part of IHS, projects that the VoLTE revenue is expected to reach around $3 billion by 2017, while VoLTE subscribers will be around $160 million during the period.
The number of global LTE subscribers is expected to more than quadruple to 755 million between 2013 and 2017, and the number of VoLTE subscribers to grow 17-fold during this same period, said Infonetics Research.
In a research report, GSA said in July that 25 telecom operators in 16 countries have commercially launched VoLTE-based HD voice service as compared with 3 in March 2014. 103 operators are investing in VoLTE deployments, trials or studies in 49 countries.
Mobile vendors have announced 219 VoLTE-capable devices including 198 smartphones that will support the growth of VoLTE. The number of telecom operators, who have launched LTE, is 422 in 143 countries as compared with 106 operators in the past year.