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Etisalat launches voice call facility over WiFi

DUBAI: Etisalat users can now make voice calls using wi-fi as the telecom service provider has announced the completion of the UAE’s first successful Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) solution.

Etisalat was quoted as saying by Emirates 24/7 that its VoWiFi will extend the telecom company’s mobile service coverage, and will enable its customers to make, and receive calls using their home WiFi or in public WiFi areas.

Advanced technologies deployed to enable VoWiFi will reportedly ensure that customers experience a seamless call handover between LTE and Wi-Fi as well as faster call set-up times and better voice quality.

Etisalat conducted the trial in partnership with Huawei, a global information and communications technology solutions provider. Huawei provided end-to-end networking solution, including radio access and core network elements, for this trial, the report said.

“Etisalat constantly assesses new and advanced technologies to enhance our capabilities such that we can meet the personalized demands of our customers. To that end, VoWiFi service will enable us to maximize the potential of our current network and consequently, provide customers with an optimum mobile experience,” Esmaeel Alhammadi, Senior Vice-President – Network Development, Etisalat reportedly said.

“VoWiFi is an important service that operators can utilize to solve indoor coverage issues immediately. With Huawei’s expertise, operators will be able to leverage this technology that will greatly benefit their subscribers,” Alan Wang, President of Huawei Etisalat Global Key Account was quoted as saying by Emirates 24/7.

“With global VoWiFi industry chain having matured greatly over the past year, deploying VoWiFi is an increasingly significant way in which leading operators like Etisalat are improving the user experience,” he added.

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