Vodafone New Zealand Conducts First VoLTE Call

Vodafone-New-Zealand-Conducts-First-VoLTE-CallVodafone New Zealand has selected Nokia Networks to conduct the first VoLTE call on a cloud-based IMS network.

With this, the operator showcased its readiness to offer high-definition (HD) voice calls for its customers. As a next-generation technology, VoLTE has multiple benefits for operators and customers alike. These include HD voice quality, faster call set-up times with voice continuity, and optimized performance under load. The overall data consumption and signaling load is also lower compared to over-the-top voice applications.

Nokia Networks implemented and integrated its IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Open TAS (Telecommunications Application Server), Home Subscriber Server (HSS) and Border Gateway (Open BGW) to enable the VoLTE call. Nokia Cloud Application Manager was used to run VoLTE over the cloud

Tony Baird, technology director, Vodafone New Zealand said, “As New Zealand’s 4G leader, we’re committed to investing in our 4G network for the benefit of customers – VoLTE is the next evolution. Together with Nokia Networks, we have made real progress with tests and hope to launch a commercial VoLTE service soon.”

Vodafone has New Zealand’s largest 4G network, reaching over 70 percent of New Zealand’s population.

Ray Owen, head of Australia and New Zealand, Nokia Networks said, “Nokia Networks is proud to partner with Vodafone New Zealand to bring the first VoLTE experience to consumers in New Zealand. This is an important milestone – not only in New Zealand – but across the Asia Pacific region. It enables Vodafone’s customers to be among the first subscribers in the world to experience VoLTE.”

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