Malaysian mobile network operator (MNO) Celcom has reportedly carried out the country’s first Voice-over New Radio (VoNR) trial call, SoyaCincau reports. According to the local press outlet the trial was conducted as part of a 5G demonstration project and innovation trial in Langkawi to validate its end-to-end 5G voice call capability and 5G data session in parallel over a 5G Standalone (SA) network.
Citing a statement issued by Celcom, the report noted that the 5G VoNR call had been made between the cellco’s trial sites located at Kuah and Taman Berlian in Langkawi. Utilising a cloud-native 5G SA network, the VoNR call was established directly within the network without relying on 4G LTE technology.
The MNO suggested that the development represented a step towards it realising the full potential of 5G for consumers and business, with it serving as a foundation for service and application innovations such as video conferencing and 5G interaction for augmented and virtual reality technologies. Meanwhile, Celcom CEO Idham Nawawi was quoted as saying that, as Malaysia prepares for Digital Nasional Berhad’s (DNB’s) 5G infrastructure launch – which is scheduled to take place before the end of and will see that company offer wholesale access to its network to all local MNOs – the VoNR trial had demonstrated Celcom’s continuous commitment to 5G innovation and readiness to provide high-quality fifth-generation services.