Ericsson has announced a pair of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) agreements with SingTel of Singapore. The first will see SingTel introducing voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services in its domestic market within the next few months. Ericsson says the technology enables much faster connection times and improved call quality. SingTel’s VoLTE service will also be the first of its kind to be equipped with Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC) capability, which automatically switches ongoing calls to the 3G network without interruption if users lose their 4G connection.
Separately, Ericsson has announced that SingTel is planning to deploy its LTE-Advanced equipment in Singapore later this year to increase peak theoretical download speeds on the 4G network to 300Mbps. The operator will also look to improve video streaming with a trial of LTE Broadcast technology, and will offer enhanced indoor coverage with a trial deployment of Ericsson’s new Radio Dot System solution in the second half of 2014. The vendor says Radio Dot System uses cost-effective and ultra-compact radio antenna equipment to extend 4G and 3G coverage to hard-to-reach areas in offices and apartments where mobile signals are blocked by walls and partitions.