PCCW-HKT plans VoLTE services by end of 2013

PCCW-HKT has successfully completed VoLTE network trial and plans to deploy VoLTE services (voice over LTE) by the end of 2013.

PCCW-HKT will become the first operator in Hong Kong to provide voice service over LTE that enables seamless call continuity for voice calls to switch over from LTE to 3G by using the enhanced Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (eSRVCC) technology. The success of VoLTE deployment places PCCW-HKT in a leading position to enhance customers’ experience of voice call performance on LTE network.

HKT has selected Huawei’s end-to-end (E2E) VoLTE solution to power its VoLTE network due to its capabilities in delivering the most advanced IP Multimedia Sub-system (IMS) solution. Huawei’s VoLTE solution enables HKT to efficiently migrate mobile users from its 3G to its LTE network for the best mobile broadband experience while utilizing the valuable spectrum resources more effectively.

HKT’s technical deployment began in early 2013 with the introduction of an IMS core infrastructure on top of the LTE network. It equips HKT with the capability to migrate customers from existing Circuit-Switched based voice and SMS services to an All-IP environment via the adoption of VoLTE. One of the highlights of the technical deployment is the use of the eSRVCC feature that seamlessly maintains voice calls as customers move from an area with 4G coverage to an area with 3G coverage.

Adam Wong, head of Engineering, Wireless Business of HKT said, “Our goal is to provide the most compelling and comprehensive LTE services to customers. Huawei’s VoLTE network solution enables us to better serve our customers with HD voice, fast call set-up, and multi-media calls. We are looking forward to the availability of VoLTE devices so that customers can enjoy the unparalleled user experience of voice and data on LTE network.”

Wang Chenglu, president, Huawei Core Network Business said, “Huawei is proud of our partnership with HKT, which has resulted in the successful completion of a pioneering technical deployment of VoLTE in Hong Kong. We are looking forward to the commercial deployment of VoLTE over the coming months and are committed to continuing our efforts to ensure HKT’s VoLTE network is an industry benchmark in terms of service quality, innovation and return on investment.”

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