Grameenphone yesterday introduced voice over long term evolution (VoLTE) technology, saying that it would help its 4G users enjoy enhanced audio, wider data coverage and better telecom services across the country.
"Now launching VoLTE service all across Bangladesh has enabled us to unlock possibilities in serving our customers better over 4G/LTE network," said Mohammad Sajjad Hasib, chief marketing officer of Grameenphone.
"We have been working tirelessly to ensure widest 4G/LTE coverage for our customers."
In an ideal scenario with this technological advancement, user experience in voice calls will take a momentous leap under 4G/LTE coverage areas, said the market leader carrier in a press release yesterday.
To enjoy the service, both the caller and recipient will need to have VoLTE enabled handset, 4G SIM and coverage, it said.
The VoLTE is a technology that enables voice calls over 4G/LTE networks. With this service, users can experience high definition standard voice calls with a 50 per cent improved call setup time between VoLTE users to VoLTE users, reads the release.
The VoLTE will allow users to stay on the 4G network during voice calls and enjoy un-interrupted high-speed 4G internet simultaneously and it will also improve indoor coverage, the operator said.
Grameenphone users may avail of the service with a regular call rate, according to the statement.
"We believe the benefit of technology must reach the remote most corner of the country, especially in this new normal era, where communication technology plays a critical role in ensuring socio-economic well-being," Hasib said.
With this technological advancement, Grameenphone's responsibility in connecting Bangladesh with quality services will become more meaningful, he said.
In the meantime, the Grameenphone website has published a list of eligible VoLTE supported handsets, and it will be updated continuously when new handsets are launched.
If the customers have the 4G SIM, 4G coverage and VoLTE handset with necessary settings, they will automatically enjoy the VoLTE service.
Earlier on February 12, the second largest carrier, Robi, became the first to launch the VoLTE service in the big cities of the country.