Telecom Italia, which offers fixed and mobile services in Italy under the TIM brand, has launched voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services to provide high definition voice calls alongside high speed internet access on its 4G network. The ‘Voce 4G’ offering is available across the operator’s entire LTE network, which was launched in November 2012 and now covers around 85% of the population. Currently, only customers subscribing to the ‘TIM Special Unlimited’ tariff have access to VoLTE services, with the upgrade provided at no additional cost, though the operator says it will be added to other plans ‘later’.
Separately, Telecom Italia has awarded a contract to Alcatel-Lucent for the provision of IP and software-defined networking (SDN) technology to improve its national backbone network. The vendor says it will deploy its portfolio of IP core routing and Carrier SDN technology to optimise the provision of new video and cloud services. Solutions include the 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) IP Core Router portfolio, the 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM), and Alcatel-Lucent’s Carrier SDN-based Network Services Platform. The network will be implemented by the end of 2016.