The first mobile operator to go VoIP? Try MetroPCS


Gigaom

There’s a lot of recent talk of mobile operators launching their own voice-over-IP services, but what may surprise you is which carrier is on the leading edge of that trend: MetroPCS(s pcs). FierceWireless has confirmed with Metro SVP of engineering Ed Chao that the regional carrier will complete the necessary core network upgrades and start selling its first voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) handset in the second half of 2012.

MetroPCS in general has been ahead of the curve when it comes to new network technologies. It was the first U.S. operator to turn up LTE services – beating Verizon Wireless(s vz)(s vod) to launch by several months. It quickly expanded its 4G service to cover its entire 14-market footprint, and almost immediately began transitioning its SMS and MMS traffic from its CDMA networks to its all-IP LTE systems. It has attempted to be just as aggressive with the voice transition –…

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