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HKT and Huawei launches Voice over LTE service for Samsung’s Note 3

Zafirah Salim | May 16, 2014
The new VoLTE service offers higher quality video and audio, faster voice call set-up, seamless switching between voice and video calls, as well as faster data usage.

Hong Kong’s telco HKT, together with information and communications technology (ICT) service provider, Huawei, has recently launched Hong Kong’s first Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service.

This service is available via Samsung’s Note 3 LTE smartphone, which marks the electronics company’s maiden launch of VoLTE-enabled smartphones outside South Korea.

According to its media statement, HKT is the first operator in Hong Kong to offer its 4G customers a VoLTE service; while Huawei is the first solution provider in the world to support a VoLTE service based on the latest 3GPP R10 standard.

This new VoLTE service offers:

  • Higher quality video and audio, with significantly reduced background noise
  • Faster voice call set-up (less than a second for VoLTE calls to VoLTE calls)
  • Video call quality to 640 pixel x 480 pixel or above
  • Instant switching between voice and video calls
  • Faster data usage by freeing up spectrum

“Built on Huawei’s network platform, the new service is the world’s first commercially available VoLTE solution using the latest R10 standard,” said Ma Haixu, President of core network product line of Huawei. “The new service signifies Huawei’s leading position in the VoLTE market. We are focusing our efforts to ensure HKT’s VoLTE network is an industry benchmark in terms of service quality, innovation and return on investment.”

Alex Arena, Group Managing Director of HKT added: “We are thrilled to work with Huawei to roll out the VoLTE service to customers and look forward to bringing it to more customers through Samsung Note 3 LTE now and potentially other mobile devices in future."


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