VoLTE technology carries mobile voice traffic directly over the LTE data network. Vodacom subscribers with Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones will therefore be able to make voice calls directly over the network, without utilising circuit-switched voice.
The VoLTE capability comes at no additional charge, but is currently limited to subscribers with Vodacom contracts and compatible handsets.
VoLTE is expected to bring faster dialling, better voice call quality, and new technical capabilities to the latest smartphones. While Vodacom made its first successful VoLTE call in September of 2014, they have not been able to fully launch the service until now, due to a lack of compatible devices.
“Vodacom is the first mobile network to make VoLTE commercially available in South Africa,” the company said.
“The implementation of Enhanced Voice last September signalled a step change in call quality for South Africa.Moving forward our next milestone is to include video calling and media sharing as part of the VoLTE service,” said Andries Delport, Vodacom’s Chief Technology Officer.
“VoLTE is now officially up and running in SA thanks to these new handsets. Within the next month VoLTE functionality will be added to additional devices, and we expect usage will grow rapidly as more and more handset manufacturers include the functionality.”