Full commercial VoLTE authorised by Ministry

15 Dec 2015

Russia’s Ministry of Telecom & Mass Communications (Minsvyaz) has confirmed that a decision came into force on 12 December 2015 which permits all telecoms operators to deploy nationwide IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) packet networks for public use, freeing mobile operators to implement commercial voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) on a national basis. As reported by Telecom Daily, the decision removing IMS restrictions will also enable the unrestricted launches of a range of other services, such as SIP-protocol-based voice/messaging/presence status, Wi-Fi Calling (VoIP calls via existing Internet channels), and various network virtualisation applications whereby operators move certain hardware/software functions to cloud servers.