Ooredoo Maldives has launched Wi-Fi Calling, also known as voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWiFi), claiming a first in the archipelago. Cited by local newspaper The Edition, CEO of Ooredoo Maldives Najib Khan stated: ‘We are proud to introduce Wi-Fi Calling to the Maldives, which enables crystal clear calls even in heavily congested areas. The service is now available for Ooredoo customers at no additional cost.’ The company added that VoWiFi allows users to make or receive calls over a Wi-Fi network in locations where mobile network coverage is unavailable or inadequate, and also when their phone is in flight mode. Users require a handset supporting VoWiFi (currently restricted to Huawei and iPhone models, the operator noted), an Ooredoo 4G LTE SIM, and VoLTE service activated.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that Ooredoo Maldives launched VoLTE in March 2019 over its LTE network which was lit in April 2013 and today covers all 199 inhabited/resort islands in the Maldives, fully upgraded with LTE-A technology (introduced in December 2016).