NatCom Development and Investment Limited, the company which acquired the core assets of NiTel/MTel (in liquidation), made its first Voice over LTE call in Lagos yesterday.
The company, which trades as ‘ntel’, said the call was made at 3.30pm at its new Tier III data centre on Lagos Island.
A statement by the company reads: “The VoLTE call was completed in partnership with Original Equipment Manufacturers L M Ericsson of Sweden and Sony Electronics of Japan. This follows ntel’s first data call on January 18, and its first SIP voice call on February18. 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 as easily as they can to customers in Nigeria and elsewhere in the world: a network now comprising more than seven billion telephones, globally.
“This 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 largestAdvanced 4G/LTE network, due to be launched shortly.”
ntel CEO Kamar Abass said the first call was 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 is the most efficient propagation frequencies for the deployment of 4G/LTE technology.”
Ntel will commence full operations, in its key launch states, shortly