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Etisalat successfully completes voice testing

VoLTE is the next standard of voice communication for telecom operators

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Abu Dhabi: Etisalat on Monday announced that it had completed the successful testing of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and eSRVCC (enhanced Single Radio Call Continuity) providing more services to its subscribers over 4G LTE network,the first in the Middle East and North Africa region (Mena).

The company said that VoLTE will enable operators to offer innovative voice services over the LTE network

“The test was conducted along with Huawei, partner providing end-to-end networking solution, including radio access and core network,” said Etisalat.

“VoLTE is the next standard of voice communication for telecom operators to be used in LTE network based on IP technology and eSRVCC technology,” the statement read, pointing out that this will provide seamless voice services without any delay when LTE users move from LTE to 3G network.

“eSRVCC enables high quality voice with end-to-end quality of service (QoS) assurance. These new technologies provide High Definition (HD) voice service, faster call set-up, HD Video calling and rich media services,” according to Etisalat.

Mohammad Abdul Qadir, Director, Mobile Core for Etisalat, said earlier that more smart phones that support LTE and VoLTE along with the implementation of CSFB and SRVCC will provide a platform for commercial and technical readiness.

“It will be interesting to see how the introduction popular handsets that are LTE capable will affect network performance and signalling load and what affect that will have on customer expectations,” Abdul Qadir.

Digiworld Institute has also predicted that by 2016 a total of 830 million subscribers worldwide will have access to mobile data solutions through LTE networks.

“Innovative services and business models, such as investment/revenue sharing, and VoLTE which can bring benefits to both operators and subscribers, need to be deployed if operators are to maximise the potential of LTE deployment as the new LTE network enables a wide variety of high-performance mobile applications and multimedia including video conferencing, high-definition content transmissions, high-speed video downloads, and social networking platforms,” said Digiworld.