Rogers First to Launch VoLTE in Canada

Rogers Communications is now providing commercial VoLTE services throughout Canada. VoLTE technology is available on the LG G3 Vigor handset and Rogers expects to add more devices to its product portfolio later this year.

In contrast to the US where AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile are already providing the technology to customers, Rogers is a trailblazer north of the border.

At times attractive as a cost-saving service, VoLTE allows operators to run voice calls over the 4G network, using HD voice functionality and also permits multi-tasking, allowing customers the option to conduct a voice call while using other services, such as web browsing or video streaming.

According to Rogers, the introduction of VoLTE is paving the way for more sophisticated services to come, such as voice and video calls and video sharing.

While Rogers is the sole Canadian VoLTE provider, they may soon have some competition with Telus said to be preparing to offer the service, and Sasktel intending to roll out the technology in the province of Saskatchewan in 2016.

Outside of Canada and the US, VoLTE services are currently being offered in Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Denmark and Romania, and are rumoured as soon-to-come from a handful of companies in Europe and 3, EE and Vodafone in the UK.

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