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Ntel makes history with first VoLTE call in Nigeria




The NatCom Development and Investment Limited, trading as ‘ntel’ has made its first Voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) in the city of Lagos, today, reports ITRealms.

The company, ITRealms recalls recently acquired the core assets of NiTel/MTel which is currently in liquidation.
 
According to the duo of the Director, External Affairs, Mr. Osondu Nwokolo and Head, Corporate Communications at ntel, the telco made its first Voice over LTE call in Lagos today, Thursday, February 25, 2016, at about 3.30pm at telco’s new Tier III data centre located on Lagos Island. 

They also noted that VoLTE calls are enabled over a carrier’s high-speed data network instead of on a voice network, hence, the Voice over LTE calls also connect faster upon dialing and feature ultra-clear high-definition voice quality.

ITRealms also confirmed that the VoLTE call was completed in partnership with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), Messrs L M Ericsson of Sweden and Sony Electronics of Japan. 

This, ITRealms reports, follows ntel’s first data call on 18 January, 2016 and its first SIP voice call on 18 February, 2016 respectively.

Ntel, ITRealms further gathered would now progress work with Nigeria’s other mobile operators and international partners to perform cross-network VoLTE calls to ensure that ntel’s customers could actually connect with each other as easily as they could to both customers in Nigeria and to those elsewhere in the world; a network now comprising more than seven billion telephones, globally.

Ntel further pointed out that this crystal-clear, high-definition VoLTE call was made via an ntel sim card and is set to be a significant differentiating factor for ntel as it progresses with the roll-out of Nigeria’s largest Advanced 4G/LTE network, due to be launched shortly.

Excited ntel CEO, Mr. Kamar Abass said this calls confirms that the key network elements are now in place to support the full commercial launch of premium integrated voice, video and data services over 4G/LTE.

“The ntel network is built on the 900/1800 Mhz which are the most efficient propagation frequencies for the deployment of 4G/LTE technology,” he declared.

ITRealms recollects that the ntel’s first test data call in Lagos was on Monday January 18, 2016, a few days after NatCom chairman, Tunde Ayeni appeared before the House of Representatives Communications Committee.

Ayeni had assured the Lawmakers that ntel is committed to investing over $1bn to support roll out of commercial services, starting in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja. Noting that ntel will generate employment for over 4,000 Nigerians over the next five years.

This test call is a further demonstration that ntel is fully committed to building on the acquired assets of NiTel/MTel to provide world class super-fast broadband services to support the Federal Government’s 2013 National Broadband plan.

 +Remmy Nweke (ITRealms)

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