M1 partners Samsung to support Voice over 5G New Radio (VoNR) on 5G SA network

26 Jul 2021

Singapore cellco M1 and Korean vendor partner Samsung have made Voice over 5G New Radio (VoNR) available on M1’s 5G Standalone (SA) network, claiming a world first. The partnership validated end-to-end 5G VoNR interoperability, fully utilising the 5G SA architecture for an improved high definition quality call experience, while providing 5G speeds for data-driven activities throughout the duration of the voice calls. In comparison to calls made on the 5G non-standalone (NSA) network, supported by existing 4G networks, the VoNR service boasts faster call setup time and seamless voice call continuity, presenting M1 customers with a ‘true’ 5G experience. M1 customers will be able to enjoy the benefits of VoNR as M1 gears up for its 5G SA market trial launch on 27 July, following a rollout using Finland’s Nokia as its main 5G network partner.

Samsung’s press release added that VoNR will open up numerous 5G SA-enabled data services and provide the baseline for quality video conferencing or augmented and virtual reality features, offering a glimpse into the plethora of connectivity solutions 5G SA will enable M1 to bring. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, S21+ and S21 customers on M1’s network will be amongst the first in the world to enjoy the benefits of the VoNR network via an over-the-air software update on M1’s 5G Booster Plan.

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