Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) has announced the launch of voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services, claiming a first for Bahrain. In a press release confirming the development, Batelco said that the service, which it has reportedly rolled out ‘across the Kingdom’, is initially available to customers with Apple’s iPhone 6 handset or a newer model; the device manufacturer is currently sending software updates to all compatible iPhone users in the Kingdom to enable VoLTE connectivity. Meanwhile, Batelco has also confirmed that there will be no additional charge for VoLTE, as users with a compatible device and tariff will be automatically upgraded.
Commenting on the development, Batelco Bahrain chief executive Muna Al Hashemi was cited as saying: ‘It is our pleasure to announce the launch of the [VoLTE] service with Apple for our iPhone users in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Batelco aims at improving and guaranteeing the best customer experience by providing the latest innovative technologies to its customers.’