Despite the pandemic, countries have been rolling out technology to help facilitate the need for faster and more efficient means of communication. According to a GSMA report voice calls over LTE are recognized as “the industry-agreed progression of voice services across mobile networks.” As such, VoLTE deployments are taking place in more countries across the world – driven by the market’s growing awareness of its benefits in terms of quality of service, cost and operation.
Voice over LTE is the voice over long term evolution which is a standard high-speed wireless communication for mobile phone and data terminals, including IoT devices and wearables.
With this technology, your carrier allows you to place a phone call over your LTE connection instead of the common voice networks. VoLTE also provides the ability to use more bandwidth to make phones calls with higher quality audio traveling both ways, when you are on a call with someone else and calling someone near you.
In addition, revenues for LTE will soar as high as $997 billion by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 58.2% from 2013-2020, according to studies. “It is estimated that there are around 1 billion LTE subscribers worldwide.”
Studies have also reported that 507 operators launched this technology in 169 countries to reach 51% of the population, while Voice and Video LTE has been launched by 78 operators in 42 countries.
In light of the growing market, VoLTE has arrived in Indonesia with Telkomsel, a leading Indonesian player joining the growing number of operators offering LTE-based voice calls to its subscribers.
Telkomsel says it has soft-launched its VoLTE service which is a new facility that is accessible to around 114,000 Telkomsel customers in the Jakarta metropolitan area (known locally as Jabodetabek) – with other areas to follow.
The company will focus on the deployment of LTE at 900 MHz as part of long-term plans to deliver 4G services to 95% of the population across Indonesia. Reaching the target last month with 209,000 base stations in total.
However, the service is for selected customers and outlines its benefits such as the ability to talk on the phone and browse the internet at the same time and quicker voice connectivity.
India, Peru, Uganda and Tanzania are among countries where some subscribers can use VoLTE, though VoLTE-ready smartphones are usually required and the approach to billing may differ from one territory and operator to another.
VoLTE could be an alternative for present telecommunication methods, offering much better quality and service for people and businesses around the world.