Czech mobile network operator (MNO) O2 has launched VoLTE commercially in the Republic, more than 18 months after it began testing the technology in 2015. The MNO now joins rivals T-Mobile, which launched VoLTE on a commercial basis in 2015, and Vodafone, which went live with VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling in July 2016. Online portal mobilenet notes that to support the service, O2 is offering Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones at a discount of CZK5,000 (USD197) as part of a promotional drive. By contrast, rival T-Mobile currently supports about 20 smartphones and Vodafone has six. The O2 promotion is valid until the end of January with the Samsung Galaxy S7 now costing CZK14,745 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, CZK17,595. Other supported models are expected to come online during February and March, it said.
Commenting on the VoLTE rollout, Thomas E. Hogan, Director of Operations at O2, said: ‘In recent months we have concentrated on extending our high speed 4G LTE internet coverage, which is now available to 99% of the population, and on further densification of the network. We have also been discussing our preparations for 5G, and have launched 4.5G in a real environment with theoretical speeds of up to 1.2Gbps’.