DOCOMO PACIFIC is preparing to launch a new service that offers high-definition phone calls through the Voice over Long-Term Evolution, or VoLTE, technology on Guam and the Northern Marianas.
VoLTE allows customers to experience high-definition voice calls with minimal background noise, the company stated in a press release.
The mixture of voice and data to make calls will produce faster call setup times and quicker connections. Additionally, VoLTE services are less power-intensive than calls being made over a 3G connection, resulting in better battery life, the company stated.
VoLTE allows customers to place a phone call over a 4G wireless communications standard instead of the traditional voice network, resulting in high-definition voice services, providing clearer audio quality, the company stated.
The technology also allows the efficient use of network resources, helping to lower operational costs, DOCOMO PACIFIC stated. With the use of VoLTE, voice traffic is routed over the 4G LTE network used to transmit data, freeing up spectrum for the 5G technology that DOCOMO PACIFIC will launch soon, the company added.
On June 19, DOCOMO PACIFIC engineers made the first commercial VoLTE call on Guam and the following day they made the first VoLTE call to Saipan. The commercial launch of VoLTE services will begin to roll out in July for VoLTE-capable devices on DOCOMO PACIFIC’s network. VoLTE services will not add cost for the company's customers, it stated.
"DOCOMO PACIFIC is excited to be the first to bring another innovative service that improves the voice quality of calls for our customers in the Marianas," said Roderick Boss, president and CEO of DOCOMO PACIFIC.
"VoLTE is the future of voice communications and we can’t wait for our customers to have a higher quality experience while talking with family and friends," he said. "As we prepare to launch 5G technology soon, VoLTE is another step in our journey to be the technology leader and bring the best and fastest services to our customers."
In March, NTT DOCOMO announced it was the first to bring 5G to Guam with the opening of the DOCOMO 5G Open Lab Guam. The tech lab allows worldwide partners including businesses on Guam to test the first 5G environment and co-create practical solutions using 5G, the company stated.
Guam-based DOCOMO PACIFIC is a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s leading mobile operator.