30 Nov 2016
Finnish vendor Nokia has announced the nationwide deployment of voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) for local mobile network operator Elisa, saying the technology rollout would ‘enable [the cellco] to dramatically enhance the quality of its mobile voice services in homes, offices and remote locations across the country’. Further, the vendor has also deployed voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) technology for Elisa. Nokia has enabled the services using its cloud-based IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) core, which also includes the vendor’s Telecom Application Server (TAS) to provide enhanced flexibility and scalability due it being a cloud-based technology.
Elisa’s nationwide launch of VoLTE will allow customers to experience faster call connectivity while enjoying high 4G data speeds, while the addition of VoWi-Fi will allow Elisa customers to use any Wi-Fi access point for voice calling in areas where mobile coverage may be limited, such as inside buildings.
Commenting on the development, Sami Komulainen, Vice President, Mobile Network Services of Elisa said: ‘The newly launched Wi-Fi and 4G calling capability is a great extension to our existing mobile communication services. Mobile reception problems in low-energy houses and old buildings with thick walls are quite typical. Taking new technologies into use helps us to provide our customers with better quality and seamless coverage even in the most challenging places.’