Smile launches first Voice-over-LTE service in East Africa


Smile Telecom Holdings Ltd (Smile) has launched the first voice over LTE (VoLTE) service in East Africa offering high-definition voice and video calling services.

Smile intends to provide VoLTE throughout East Africa, allowing it to meet the growing data demands of enterprises as it launches attractive new services to consumers over its LTE network. The VoLTE service was launched initially in Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, as well as in Entebbe and Mukono and will later be rolled-out in the towns and cities of Jinja, Mbale, Soroti, Tororo, Lira, Gulu, Masindi, Kasese, Fort Portal, Kabale, Mbarara and Masaka.

Smile launched LTE services in East Africa using network technology from Alcatel-Lucent, its long-term technology collaborator. The VoLTE service uses Smile’s own IMS technology and Alcatel-Lucent has conducted network integration, project management and testing activities to prepare the network for this launch – one of the first of its kind in Africa.

Smile aims to offer high-definition voice in each of the country’s in which it operates, enhancing the subscriber experience and paving the way for the delivery of new differentiated consumer services.
Source: Press Release