Rogers Communications has switched on commercial voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services across Canada, available initially on the Android-based LG G3 Vigor smartphone, the country’s first VoLTE-enabled handset, with more VoLTE-ready devices expected this year. VoLTE allows the user to make voice/video calls over the all-IP LTE network whilst simultaneously browsing the web or streaming video at LTE speeds. In a press release, Rogers says its 4G network customers ‘will be the first in Canada to complete HD voice and video calls over a VoLTE network, where available, versus the traditional voice network’, giving users with a VoLTE device ‘clear, natural sounding voice and video calls’, whilst call connection time will also be faster.
Raj Doshi, Rogers’ executive vice-president, declared: ‘Now customers making voice and video calls will benefit from clear sound quality and the same lightning fast LTE speeds for calls that Rogers delivers to surf the web or stream from your mobile device … VoLTE will help our customers enjoy rich, multimedia voice services and we are proud to be the first Canadian carrier to offer it.’
The LG G3 Vigor smartphone is available inclusive in certain Rogers’ two-year contract packages, or can be bought outright for a one-off price of CAD299 (USD235).