The inexorable rollout of Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks worldwide will provide more than just increased
speed and throughput for bandwidth-hungry mobile consumers and data applications. LTE is expected to also provide new and improved functionality across a range of communication scenarios for mobile network operators (MNOs) that can be used to target both consumers and enterprises.
The catalyst for this is the adoption of IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) within LTE. This enables MNOs to continue offering traditional voice and high-speed data services, while also integrating more advanced services involving presence, instant messaging, and video and data sharing into a single access point — the mobile phone, with a single address — the mobile phone number.