Etisalat Misr and MediaTek today announced the commercial launch of next generation voice & video calling technologies – VoLTE & ViLTE – for the first time in the region. The new services for 4G Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Video over LTE (ViLTE) are supported by a wide range of affordable LTE smartphones powered by MediaTek and specially developed for Etisalat Misr customers.
Rami Osman, Director for Corporate Sales and Marketing at MediaTek Middle East and Africa, said “Our collaboration with Etisalat Misr brings next generation voice and video calling services over LTE (VoLTE & ViLTE) on feature-rich yet affordable mobile handsets.”
These new technologies provide crystal clear full HD voice quality, fast call setup time, easy switching between voice & video calls without hanging up, the ability to enjoy 4G LTE ultra-fast internet speeds while simultaneously using VoLTE/ViLTE calls and the ability to send/receive SMS. The new services also gives customers seamless connectivity during VoLTE calls between 4G LTE and other legacy 3G/2G cellular technologies.
Next generation calling technologies provide Etisalat Misr with more ways to better use network resources and a seamless way to move future services and advanced technologies onto 4G LTE networks.
Khalid Murshed, Chief Technology Officer of Etisalat Misr said “Etisalat Misr VoLTE & ViLTE provide futuristic opportunities to build a whole new telecoms world with pioneering services over IP networks with real value for consumers and enterprise customers. Our strategic collaboration with MediaTek to launch such new services in Egypt will introduce NATIVE Full HD voice and video calls to Etisalat Misr customers with wide range of affordable LTE customized smartphones from different brands.”
These new technologies required a newly deployed IMS network architecture and a native support from devices which Etisalat Misr and MediaTek collaborated on to bring these services to Egypt.
Osman added, “Etisalat Misr and MediaTek have taken the customer experience the next level by providing a package of Full HD voice and video calling across 4G/4.5G LTE & IMS IP-based networks, for the first time in the Middle East & Africa.”