French cellco Bouygues Telecom has selected Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson to provide it with Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) capabilities and full IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) network integration in a multi-vendor environment. According to a joint press release, Ericsson will provide its Multimedia Telephony Application Server, Session Border Gateway, Home Subscriber Server and User Profile Gateway key components, as well as software upgrades to the installed base of Ericsson LTE radio access network and Ericsson Evolved Packet Core. Following the upgrade, subscribers will benefit from HD voice call quality, shorter call set-up times and video calling.
Jean-Paul Arzel, head of the Networks division at Bouygues Telecom, said: ‘Bouygues Telecom is proving the capabilities of its 4G/LTE network to support the latest advanced technologies and services. Commercial service rollout is scheduled for 2015 and our network will be carrying the first voice and video calls over LTE later this year.’