As Nepal Telecom began expanding 4G to more regions, it was exploring VoLTE service. On the occasion of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, Ntc has launched the VoLTE service, which is now available in all 77 districts and has undergone good testing (May 17, 2021, that is Jestha 3, 2078). Over a 4G network, VoLTE provides HD voice and video.
Since 4G is a data-only technology, a telco must either add functionality to support voice over 4G or use older networks such as 2G and 3G when on 4G. VoLTE is a feature-rich solution for providing voice service over 4G LTE (Voice over LTE). It’s similar to Voice over IP, which means that the voice service is delivered over a data network. Other people’s demands include VoLTE, which is one of the most requested services from Nepali telecom operators.
VoLTE functions in the same way as OTT apps like Viber, Skype, and Messenger, but it allows you to dial using your own phone number over 4G. You will make a call using this technology/service in the same way as you did in 2G and 3G. As previously mentioned, the cost per minute (or pulse rate) for VoLTE calls would be the same as for conventional voice service.
Advantages of VoLTE
For both the consumer and the mobile provider, voice calls have become the main mode of communication. Since voice generates a large amount of revenue for telcos, they continue to concentrate on the service. While the scenario may have been altered to include the developing world, the emphasis on voice calls remains the same in Nepal.
Here are some of the benefits of using VoLTE.
- Better Voice Quality: As VoLTE provides crystal clear, and low noise calls, the voice quality is much better than the traditional calls from 2G, 3G.
- Efficient resource management: As VoLTE uses IP packets to transmit the voice call, the resources in the system are optimally used. It also includes the transmission link, spectrum, and other resources.
- Faster Call setup: The call setup time with that of VoLTE service is much faster than that of 2G, 3G. So, the customer experience with this service is better.
- Longer battery life: Research proves that Vo-LTE calls consume lesser battery life than traditional calls. So, a phone using VoLTE calls lasts a longer duration.
Customers will get crystal clear, high-quality voice service in 4G using VoLTE. With the service, the sounds in voice calls that are present with 2G and 3G will be greatly reduced. Similarly, high-definition video calling will be available, as will the ability to transmit high-speed data speeds.
Those services are available via the standard dialer on most modern phones. Similarly, this service allows a brand-new greenfield telecom provider to offer a 4G-only service right away. This is exactly what Jio did in India with its massive network rollout, which led to widespread public acceptance.
To begin, the telecom operator whose SIM card you are using must have VoLTE allowed on their network. This functionality will not be available on any 4G LTE network. Similarly, VoLTE support in your handset/smartphone is needed on the customer end. It’s important to note that “not every 4G phone has VoLTE activated.” If you plan to use the service, make sure your carrier and smartphone both support it.
As previously mentioned, handset manufacturers must also configure the phone’s Vo-LTE support according to the network’s settings. As a result, the service took a long time to reach the general public, despite the fact that the network has been supporting it for quite some time. It was done to ensure network consistency by properly configuring the network.
You must activate the function in the settings on handsets that support VoLTE.
- You need to go to mobile networks in your Phone settings.
- Then select the SIM card if you have a dual-SIM option.
- Then you can enable the VoLTE feature if you are on the 4G network.
Due to the VoLTE feature, any new telecom operator can provide Voice service without the need to have 2G or 3G. So, there can be a 4G-only telecom operator.
VoLTE in Nepal
Nepal Telecom had hoped to roll out VoLTE on a large scale across the country with the latest 4G project. After extensive testing, they are now launching the operation. As a result of the 4G extension, new areas (with 4G only network) where no other telco service exists will be able to take advantage of this advanced functionality. Ncell, another major telco, may offer the VoLTE service in the near future.
VoLTE is mostly useful for new operators such as UTL, CG Telecom, Smart Telecom, and Hello Nepal, as it allows them to offer voice calling over the next-generation 4G network without having to invest in 2G or 3G only for voice calls.
How to activate VoLTE in Ntc SIM?
To activate VoLTE in your NTC SIM, you need to
- Dial *444# and select the option 2
- VoLTE will be subscribed to your SIM card.
After you enable VoLTE on your phone and SIM card, you will be able to find VoLTE/HD icon on the top of your smartphone screen.
The picture below shows VoLTE for two SIM cards if you have dual VoLTE support on your phone and both the sim are Volte activated.
With the launch of VoLTE, Nepal Telecom is providing free 100 minutes Volte call on the first activation. Once you subscribe to VoLTE on your SIM card, you need to dial *111# to subscribe to the free call pack. As per Ntc, the 100 minutes Volte call is valid for 28 days.
How to Deactivate VoLTE in Ntc SIM?
You can also deactivate VoLTE in Ntc SIM by dialing:
- Dial *444# and select option 3.
- Then VoLTE service will be unsubscribed from your number.
Tariff of Ntc Volte
Volte calls in Ntc cost the same as standard 2G and 3G calls. Additionally, all Ntc voice packs are compatible with the VoLTE service.
Despite the fact that Volte uses voice over IP packets (data), no data volume will be used. It can only use up standard call minutes.
This article has been sourced from NepaliTelecom.com.