Vodacom has launched VoLTE services in South Africa and claims to be the first mobile network to make it commercially available in the country.
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be able to make voice calls over Vodacom’s 4G/LTE network.
VoLTE technology was originally demonstrated by Vodacom in September last year. However, up until now the service has been limited by a lack of compatible devices.
Andries Delport, Vodacom’s Chief Technology Officer said: “VoLTE is now officially up and running in SA thanks to these new handsets. Within the next month VoLTE functionality will be added to additional devices, and we expect usage will grow rapidly as more and more handset manufacturers include the functionality."
“The implementation of Enhanced Voice last September signalled a step change in call quality for South Africa. Moving forward our next milestone is to include video calling and media sharing as part of the VoLTE service,” said Delport.
At present the VoLTE service is available to contract customers who have compatible handsets. There is no additional charge to use this service.