Asia Pacific Telecom to offer VoLTE

Asia Pacific Telecom (APT), one of Taiwan’s leading telecommunications service providers today announced plans to build an LTE overlay network that will enable APT to be the first service provider in Taiwan to offer Voice over LTE (VoLTE).

Taiwan has become a significant player in the ultra-broadband market with both fixed and mobile access predicted to reach $13.6 billion by 2018 through a nationwide fiber-optic network rollout and LTE launch. LTE subscriptions in Taiwan, in particular are expected to reach 14.8 million by 2018, representing 40.3 percent of the total number of people in Taiwan with mobile devices.

Initial deployment of APT’s LTE network and VoLTE service will begin in the first part of 2014 in the North, Central and South areas of Taiwan. APT aims to complete the deployment by the end this year.

VoLTE service means APT can provide its mobile broadband subscribers with combined HD voice, video conferencing and data services that will allow users to download videos, play games and access other multi-media content while simultaneously talking on a mobile device.

Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end solution for APT will begin deployment early in 2014 with the launch planned by the end of the year. Phase 1 of deployment will cover the North, Central and South of Taiwan, and will focus primarily on metro areas.

The solution includes: LTE overlay network (lightRadio Radio Access Network), Evolved Packet Core and Mobile Backhaul; Complete IMS solution for VoLTE (IMS core, IMS applications, IP Border Controller and Subscriber Data Manager); and Payment (SurePay) and Policy (Dynamic Service Controller) and Analytics (Wireless Network Guardian) solutions.

Tony Zee, CTO, APT said, “While other service providers in Taiwan hold VoLTE licenses, APT is the first to announce actual deployment plans. Not only will our customers have the best quality of voice, but they will also be able to seamlessly and simultaneously access data as well while having voice conversations over their devices.”

“Our new LTE network and VoLTE service are perfectly aligned with APT’s vision enabling simultaneous conversation experiences over any device, webpage and application whether it be voice, video or data,” added Zee.

Ken Wu, president and managing director,  Alcatel-Lucent Taiwan said, “Alcatel-Lucent and APT have a long history of working side-by-side. Knowing APT’s network and the exciting new services they plan to offer mobile broadband subscribers has allowed us to collaborate on this extensive project since the national 4G auction plan was released in February of 2013.”

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