Vodafone (News - Alert) U.K., the telecommunications services provider in the United Kingdom, confirmed that it has successfully tested Voice over LTE at its specialist laboratory in Newbury, England.
The company’s 4G rollout is not only making headlines, but it’s believed to shift the gear of benefits for customers. These trials are aimed at offering crystal clear calls and even higher quality video calling for its customers.
Voice over LTE (News - Alert) is a universal technology allowing voice calls to be carried across a 4G data network, instead of using the 2G or 3G voice network as most Mobile Network Operators do today. Voice over LTE is has been an industry idea for quite a few years now, but there are very few operators who have launched it. In U.K., Vodafone is gearing to launch by moving voice calls over to a 4G data network.
When compared with 3G or 2G, Voice over 4G is accepted as pretty efficient technology, where users will see their battery life increase when it’s available.
“We’ve been continually developing and investing heavily in our U.K. network since it launched nearly 30 years ago. Our trial of VoLTE, less than a year after the launch of our 4G network, is the next major innovation, and is hugely important as we continue our work to build the U.K.’s best network,” Fergal Kelly, chief technology officer at Vodafone U.K., commented.
This successful trial is amongst a number of innovative projects achieved by Vodafone and its partners this year. This includes the deployment of Vodafone’s 2.6 GHz spectrum on a small cell system using Huawei’s (News - Alert) Lampsite technology. Also, it now gives employees and visitors to Huawei’s U.K. headquarters 4G data speeds of up to 82Mbps downlink and 42MBps uplink.
In the last few months, Vodafone has expanded its ultrafast 4G coverage to 263 larger cities, towns and districts as well as thousands of smaller communities across the U.K. This expansion is part of £1 billion it is spending on its U.K. network and services this year.
The future development of VoLTE will lead to the ability to receive calls and use data seamlessly and simultaneously, increased voice call quality and performance, high quality video calling, a faster call set-up time, says the company.
Less than a year after the soft launch of its ultrafast 4G service, Vodafone U.K. has been testing and developing the service as it works toward commercial launch in the future.
Edited by Adam Brandt