Kamar Abass, CEO of Ntel today said that the pioneer National Operator successfully made test voice call on its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network sited in Lagos, ahead of imminent relaunch into the Nigerian telecoms market.
NatCom Development and Investment Limited (trading as ‘ntel’), the Nigerian company that bought core assets of NiTel/MTel (in liquidation), says it is investing over $1 billion to return the pioneer phone company as a key player in the market.
Ntel’s made its first and what the telco regards as ‘historic’ Voice over LTE call in Lagos today, the company CEO says in a statement made available to Technology Times.
According to him, the test VoLTE call was made at 3.30pm at ntel’s new Tier III Data Centre located on Lagos Island.
Voice calls over LTE networks also known as ‘VoLTE’ are made over a carrier’s high-speed data network instead of on a voice network, in what ntel hopes to leverage as a competitive edge in its Nigeria market rebound.
According to Abass, VoLTE calls also have a unique feature from competing technology standard as they “connect faster upon dialing and feature ultra-clear high-definition voice quality.”
Ntel says its test call was completed in partnership with Original Equipment Manufacturers, L M Ericsson of Sweden and Sony Electronics of Japan.
For the telecoms company’s CEO, the successful test call is “confirmation 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.”
Also commenting on company’s spectral resources, Abass says “the ntel network is built on the 900/1800 MHz which are the most efficient propagation frequencies for the deployment of 4G/LTE technology.”
The test call which he describes as “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.
Ntel says today test call follows the company’s first data call on January 18, this year 2016 and its first SIP voice call a month after on February, 18.
Ntel says it is working with other mobile operators in Nigeria and international partners to perform cross-network VoLTE calls.
This cross-networking “will ensure that ntel’s customers can connect with each other as easily as they can to both customers in Nigeria and to those elsewhere in the world: a network now comprising more than seven billion telephones, globally”
Ntel says it is investing over $1billion to support roll out of commercial services, starting in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja.
The entry of ntel will also generate employment for over 4,000 Nigerians over the next five years, the telecoms company says.