7 Aug 2019
Smart Communications, the wireless arm of Filipino telecoms giant PLDT Inc., has kicked off the commercial rollout of voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services, initially offering it to select subscribers in Metro Manila. In a statement published today (7 August), it confirmed: ‘After activating VoLTE across its LTE sites in Metro Manila, Smart is making the latest technology in voice calls initially available to selected Smart subscribers. The service will soon be available to Smart Signature plan holders as well.’ Trumpeting the technology’s purported superior quality, it noted that ‘VoLTE-to-VoLTE calls are crystal-clear, with almost no background noise’.
Smart’s decision to offer VoLTE commercially comes two years after its first successful trials of the service in 2017. Subscribers wishing to make use of the new service will require a VoLTE-capable device, which so far are limited to products such as Samsung Galaxy S8 and higher, Huawei Mate 20 and P20. Aside from VoLTE, the operator is also exploring the possibility of deploying voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) services over its network, which it successfully tested in 2018.