Optus Trialing VoLTE Technology

Australia’s Optus is reportedly testing technology which will allow its customers to make voice calls over its 4GLTE network. Operator’s new managing director of networks, Vic Mcclelland said, ‘Optus follows all mobile network technology developments closely… We have been carrying out trials for both HD Voice and voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), and we are examining the benefits these technologies can potentially deliver to our customers.’ It is understood that some of the trials of the technology were conducted in partnership with Finnish vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN).

The report comes hot on the heels of similar revelations by the news source last week that Australia’s largest cellco by subscribers Telstra was also trialing VoLTE, with a spokeperson for the operator having confirmed: ‘Telstra is currently trailing VoLTE in our lab environment but have no immediate rollout plans … However, our customers already experience the benefits of a High Definition voice service on compatible devices across our entire network.’ Nonetheless, it has been suggested that Telstra could actually look to deploy VoLTE commercially next year.

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