HONG KONG -- HKT and Huawei today launch Hong Kong’s first Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service, which is available via the market-leading Samsung Note 3 LTE smartphone.
HKT is the first operator in Hong Kong to offer its 4G customers a VoLTE service while Huawei is the first solution provider to support a commercially available VoLTE service based on the latest 3GPP R10 standard in the world. It is also the first time for Samsung to launch VoLTE enabled smartphones outside South Korea. HKT, Huawei and Samsung are shaping the future of mobile communications through their continuous technology innovation and investment.
The launch marks the world’s first commercial launch of the latest standard VoLTE technology (3GPP standard Release 10-based which enables a totally seamless handover of voice calls from 4G to 3G coverage), reflecting the growth and maturity of the VoLTE ecosystem in the marketplace. It also marks an important collaboration between HKT, Huawei and Samsung.
HKT incorporates Huawei’s state-of-the-art VoLTE solutions. Highlights of the new VoLTE service are:
Enables higher quality video and clearer sound, with significantly reduced background noise
Enables faster voice call set-up (around 1 second for VoLTE calls to VoLTE calls)
Enhances video call quality to 640 pixel x 480 pixel or above
Enables instant switching between voice and video calls
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