Azercell Telecom, the leading mobile operator in Azerbaijan, has achieved an important milestone by placing the first VoLTE call in the country. The demonstration was conducted at the Bakutel 2017 exhibition and was the first on a commercial network in Azerbaijan. To make VoLTE testing possible, Ericsson supplied the technical solution, including its IMS platform as well as packet core and radio equipment.
VoLTE technology enables subscribers to make voice calls over 4G network and use HD voice and video calling services. The time required to set up a call between callers is drastically reduced with VoLTE. Once deployed, this technology will allow users to stay on the 4G/LTE network even when making or receiving a call. This means that a user can simultaneously be in a voice call, while actively using high-speed data for other applications.
Arda Cetiner, Head of Ericsson in Azerbaijan, says: “We are confident that launch of VoLTE capabilities in commercial operation is just a matter of time, and we are proud to support Azercell in this journey. This technology will bring the best customer experience to the subscribers in the country. Thus, it will further enhance voice quality, while also enabling a broader range of communication capabilities.”
Ericsson has been a strategic partner to Azercell, providing the company with cutting-edge technologies. Milestones include the deployment of an early 4G network for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012. Azercell has also pioneered a number of services in the country including advance payment systems, metro coverage, M2M and mobile customer care.
Bakutel 2017 is the premier technology event in Azerbaijan and took place on December 5 in the capital city Baku. The event gathered over 190 companies from 20 countries.