Australia’s Optus has commenced the rollout of VoLTE technology to Australia’s major capital cities. The Singtel subsidiary revealed that its initial rollout will concentrate on the central business district metro areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra.
Digital News Asia — TUNE Talk has launched a new mobile call and data package specifically targeting Indonesians living and working in Malaysia. The new ‘Tune Talk Bisa Pak’ is meant to satisfy the growing need for mobile data alongside an affordable international call rate to Indonesia, the company said at the official launch in Kuala Lumpur on April 19.
China Tech News — Are more Chinese netizens using chat apps and VoIP than speaking on their mobile phones? The latest financial results from China Mobile appear to show traditional phone calls are not keeping pace with modernity. Chinese telecom operator China Mobile published its annual performance for 2015, stating that the company achieved operating revenue of CNY668.3 billion in 2015, a year-on-year increase of 2.6%; and its profit attributable to shareholders was CNY108.5 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 0.6%.
China Tech News — Tencent’s WeChat launched a new function named “WeChat Out”, which allows users to call fixed-line phones or mobile phones, aiming to compete with its Asian competitor Line. This new function is currently only available in some markets outside mainland China, including the U.S., Hong Kong, and India. However, Tencent promised that it will soon be available in more countries and regions.
Enterprise Innovation — HKT and Huawei have completed what they say is the world’s first Home Subscriber Server (HSS)/Voice over LTE (VoLTE) cutover, paving the way for the full integration of the HKT and CSL mobile core networks. The HSS/VoLTE cutover was the first step of a series of migrations for integrating the two mobile core networks of HKT and CSL into a newly built integrated core network, a strategic move that followed HKT’s acquisition of CSL to unify user experience with a homogenous and simplified service set.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: India’s top two telecom operators are preparing to deploy Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology on their networks in association with Finnish gearmaker Nokia to take on Reliance Jio Infocomm, which is expected to start operations soon with services based on this technology.
Telecom Asia — 3 HK, the mobile arm of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited (HTHKH), announced it completed a successful bilateral international voice-over-LTE roaming trial with Japan’s NTT DoCoMo. The trial used S8 Home Routed (S8HR) architecture, an LTE data roaming-based technology that can be deployed without IMS interaction between parties.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: After 4G devices, the next big thing in the fast-growing Indian smartphone market will probably be handsets that support Voice over LTE (VoLTE), a facility that allows users to speak over high-speed data networks. LG, Lenovo, Micromax and Intex are lining up plans to bring consumers these future-ready devices as telecom operators start offering these services using LTE (Long Term Evolution), a 4G standard.
Nation Multimedia — The technologies of Alcatel-Lucent will allow the Internet Service Provider to meet growing data demands of more enterprise customers while launching new consumer services, a press statement from Alcatel-Lucent said. Chuan Wei wants to offer nationwide high-quality, affordable connectivity to meet growing demands of mobile Internet users and employed Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs Consulting to provide a vendor agnostic review of the market potential for their planned services.
Digital News Asia — DIGI Telecommunications Sdn Bhd said it has started field tests on Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology over its 4G LTE (Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution) network. Digi, which is claiming that its 4G LTE network is now the widest in the country – a claim that rival Maxis Communications Bhd may dispute – said that the addition of VoLTE capability will further enhance the subscriber experience. VoLTE brings voice calls over a 4G LTE network, Digi said in a statement.
Digital News Asia — SINGAPORE’s StarHub has successfully deployed Nokia Networks technologies as part of its 4G HetNet (Fourth Generation Heterogeneous Network) in Marina Bay, a commercial, residential and entertainment hub in the island-republic. The deployment required the integration of Nokia Networks’ TD-LTE, FDD-LTE and outdoor small cells solutions, Nokia Networks said in a statement.
Tele Analysis — Cambodia’s Chuan Wei has signed a frame agreement with Alcatel-Lucent to expand mobile ultra-broadband connectivity across the country thereby deploying LTE and VoLTE. The deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE and VoLTE technologies will allow Chuan Wei to meet growing data demands of more enterprise customers while launching new consumer services.
IT News — Telstra has begun rolling out 4G voice (VoLTE) services for some of its consumer customers, which will allow high-definition voice calls to be made using the carrier’s 4G network without a device switching to a legacy 3G network. The services will not be available for enterprise customers during the initial rollout, the telco said.
China Tech News — China Telecom chairman Wang Xiaochu revealed the company’s VoLTE development route and stated that China Telecom plans to raise its 4G network coverage to the level of 3G networks and realize the commercial use of VoLTE before 2018. VoLTE – Voice over LTE – is an IP data transmission technology that delivers high-speed data service and high-quality voice and video communications.