Optus trialling VoLTE technology

26 Nov 2013

Australia’s Optus is reportedly testing technology which will allow its customers to make voice calls over its 4G LTE network, according to ZDNet Australia, which cites the operator’s new managing director of networks, Vic Mcclelland. ‘Optus follows all mobile network technology developments closely… We have been carrying out trials for both HD Voice and voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), and we are examining the benefits these technologies can potentially deliver to our customers,’ the executive said. It is understood that some of the trials of the technology were conducted in partnership with Finnish vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN).

The report comes hot on the heels of similar revelations by the news source last week that Australia’s largest cellco by subscribers Telstra was also trialling VoLTE, with a spokeperson for the operator having confirmed: ‘Telstra is currently trailing VoLTE in our lab environment but have no immediate rollout plans … However, our customers already experience the benefits of a High Definition voice service on compatible devices across our entire network.’ Nonetheless, it has been suggested that Telstra could actually look to deploy VoLTE commercially next year.

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