Following a trial which began at the start of December 2015, Ooredoo Qatar today (18 May 2016) announced the soft-launch of voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), and said it anticipates strong demand, particularly as the number of VoLTE-compatible devices continues to grow throughout 2016. VoLTE enables HD-quality voice calls over the 4G data network and provides faster call setup. In addition, users can switch between ongoing voice calls and high-quality video calls as they wish, whilst they can also browse the internet on the 4G network whilst remaining on a VoLTE call – for instance whilst using speaker-phone or headphones with their handset. CEO Waleed Al-Sayed said: ‘Since we began the trial period of VoLTE in 2015, we have seen positive results across our network. In addition to the incredible quality of service provided to customers using VoLTE-compatible devices, we will also see improvements for 3G and 4G service customers, as more traffic is carried on the LTE network, and particularly as more voice services migrate to the higher speed, higher capacity LTE bandwidth.’
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