Ericsson, Telefónica and Samsung Showcase 5G Interactive Calling
Ericsson, Telefónica, and Samsung have achieved a proof-of-concept (PoC) project for 5G interactive calling, built on the IMS data channel standard and using Ericsson Cloud IMS network capabilities. Demonstrations of different use cases will be shown at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Telefónica led the definition of services with Samsung implementing the technology natively in its Galaxy S21 series. This capability enables the addition of real-time, remote interaction between people and things, through a regular mobile phone call. With this new 3GPP-based technology, we believe that the communication service provider (CSP) telephony service could be used for more than just basic voice.
The PoC included use cases that demonstrate how the service could function on future commercial 5G smartphones. This technology offers consumers access to screen sharing, gaming, and social collaboration within a regular phone call, while consumer-to-business and business-to-business calls will be able to provide better digital experiences through increased efficiency.
This concept and 3GPP-standardized technology enabler, IMS data channel, are part of Telefónica and Ericsson’s shared vision for a 5G connected world where services like collaboration, AR, and other services are part of a regular voice call. Adding interactivity and sharing capabilities within high-quality voice calls will make them more convenient for the users and remove the need for separate apps that have to be downloaded, maintained, and secured.
CSPs can continue using and improving the voice networks they have already deployed for billions of users across the globe, by leveraging the inherent telephony network values with easy find-and-connect with anyone that has a phone number, quality-of-service, reliability, seamless mobility, and security. The successful PoC is bringing the technology closer to a commercial service, by demonstrating how this service could be introduced on future 5G smartphones.
The interactive calling service is using the technology enabler IMS data channel which has been included in the 3GPP 5G standards release 16. The technology is still in the innovation phase and Ericsson is now building and exploring it in collaboration with companies like Telefónica and Samsung to enable future commercial 5G and 4G voice services. The technology could be used for many different consumer and enterprise use cases in the future, and future devices beyond smartphones could also be enabled with these capabilities.