du Acquires VoLTE Functionality on its Multi-Vendor LTE Network with Nokia Networks IMS Solutions

du partners Nokia Networks Credit: PCC Mobile Broadband

du, the Middle East region’s fastest growing telecommunications service provider in partnership with Nokia Networks has successfully acquired the Voice over LTE (VoLTE) functionality for its network. Nokia’s VoLTE solution which is based on its IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) enabled du to put the functionality in place given its complex multi-vendor LTE network environment. 

For this project, Nokia’s VoLTE solution comprising its Liquid Core based IMS was deployed along with its Professional Services which carried out the network planning and optimization activities, ensuring smooth system integration and network implementation. As part of the project, Nokia Networks also provided LTE radio access to du’s commercial network.

Nokia said that the company's VoLTE experts designed, tested and integrated the VoLTE functionality into du’s multi-vendor LTE network and achieved this Middle East-first VoLTE implementation in just 80 days, making this the world’s fastest implementation. VoLTE functionality will enable du to offer 4G Voice services for its data subscribers as IP-based voice communications become more popular and as more end-user devices come readily embedded with this service feature. 

"With Nokia’s VoLTE solution, we will be able to use the full potential of LTE mobile broadband technology by ensuring seamless HD voice calls and video over our LTE network. We are committed to providing the best mobile broadband experience for our customers, and this has been reconfirmed with this fastest installation and testing of VoLTE services. With our longtime partner Nokia Networks, we will soon be able to provide HD multimedia services including browser-based apps for video conferencing, chat, file sharing and other services for our customers.”

-           Saleem Al Balooshi, Executive Vice President, Network Development and Operations, du 

This achievement underlines our commitment to help du in its initiatives to provide the best VoLTE service experience for its customers, and it further strengthens our continued partnership,” “With its higher spectral efficiency, VoLTE will free up capacity for voice and data services for a better overall customer experience and more efficient use of network resources. In addition, it will reduce operating costs for the operator by enabling network simplification. du will also be able to integrate network resources, optimize network and service management, and simplify service delivery by providing voice and data services on the same LTE network.”

-              Tony Awad, head of du customer team at Nokia Networks 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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