According to Vodacom, it has made the country’s first ever Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call over its 4G/LTE network. Typically reserved for data, the move to use 4G/LTE technology to carry voice traffic will, in the future, mean that call quality will essentially become better for consumers as well as a more efficient use of network resources.
Andries Delport, Vodacom’s Chief Technology Officer said: “VoLTE is a win-win technology – it’s good for the consumer and for Vodacom. The implementation of the VoLTE infrastructure is the first step towards commercial implementation that will ultimately result in faster call set up times, better voice quality and an overall improved quality of service. The migration of voice traffic to the 4G/LTE network will also have the benefit of freeing up capacity currently used to carry voice services.”
The date for the commercial launch of the service will depend on the availability of compatible devices. Vodacom is working with the handset manufacturers to ensure the technology is embedded in local handsets.
According to Vodacom, this latest development is part of its on-going R9 billion network investment programme. On top of recently implementing enhanced voice services (HD Voice plus) and making the first VoLTE call, Vodacom has also been adding base stations, and expanding fibre optic infrastructure to improve both the reach and quality of coverage.
“Technology is constantly evolving and making sure we’re at the forefront of these developments is crucial to our success. Vodacom prides itself on having a world-class network and I’m proud to be part of a team that not only successfully implements new technologies but so often manages to do it first,” concluded Delport.
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