French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent has announced that it has been contracted by Taiwan’s Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) to build an LTE overlay network that it is claimed will enable the operator to be the first in the country to offer voice-over-LTE (VoLTE). Under the terms of the deal, the initial deployment of APT’s 4G network and VoLTE service will get underway in the ‘first part of 2014’ in northern, central and southern areas of Taiwan, with the focus primarily on metro areas. The infrastructure rollout is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end solution will reportedly include: LTE overlay network (lightRadio Radio Access Network); evolved packet core and mobile backhaul; complete IMS solution for VoLTE (IMS core, IMS applications, IP border controller and subscriber data manager); and payment (SurePay), policy (Dynamic Service Controller) and analytics (Wireless Network Guardian).
Commenting on the development, Tony Zee, APT’s chief technical officer, was cited as saying: ‘While other service providers in Taiwan hold VoLTE licenses, APT is the first to announce actual deployment plans. Not only will our customers have the best quality of voice, but they will also be able to seamlessly and simultaneously access data as well while having voice conversations over their devices. Our new LTE network and VoLTE service are perfectly aligned with APT’s vision enabling simultaneous conversation experiences over any device, webpage and application whether it be voice, video or data.’