February 25, 2016 was a historic day. This is because NatCom Development and Investment Limited (trading as ‘ntel’) – the company that acquired the core assets of NiTel/MTel (in liquidation) – made its first Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call at its new Tier III data centre located on Lagos Island.
VoLTE calls are enabled over a carrier’s high-speed data network instead of on a voice network. Voice over LTE calls also connect faster upon dialling and feature ultra-clear high-definition voice quality.
The crystal-clear, high-definition test VoLTE call was made at 3:30pm 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.
According to a very excited ntel CEO, Kamar Abass, the successful test call is a “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,”
He added, “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 VoLTE call was completed in partnership with Original Equipment Manufacturers, L M Ericsson of Sweden and Sony Electronics of Japan.
The test call is a further demonstration of ntel’s unflinching commitment 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.
The successful test VoLTE call follows ntel’s first data call on 18 January, 2016 and its first SIP voice call on 18 February, 2016.
ntel will now progress work with Nigeria’s other mobile operators and international partners to perform cross-network VoLTE calls. This 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.
ntel will be investing over $1billion to support roll out of commercial services, starting in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja. By doing this, it hopes to generate employment for over 4,000 Nigerians over the next five years.
ntel, Nigeria’s first advanced 4G LTE network providing super-fast Internet access that enables voice, data and video-on-demand, will commence full commercial operations, in its key launch states, very soon.