Ncell has commenced the VoLTE service in Nepal. Last year, Nepal Telecom introduced the VoLTE service in Nepal for the first time. Ncell VoLTE is accessible amid 900MHz and 1,800MHz frequencies, shipped to a total of 7 smartphones from brands including Huawei, Vivo, and Samsung for now. But, what’s VoLTE? Let’s find out.
Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE)
Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) a wireless communication protocol for mobile phones and data terminals such as IoT devices and wearables. It’s said to deliver more voice and data capacity by up to 3 times in comparison to traditional 3G UMTS and by up to 6 times in comparison to 2G GSM.
The mobile devices, firmware, including the provider must support VoLTE to make calls under the service.
Just last year, Ncell began operating on the 900MHz band to boost its 4G coverage. The practical impact versus the 1800MHz is improved signal propagation, however, lesser bandwidth. Also, the 900MHz one is reported to to have 30-40 per cent better coverage than 1800MHz.
With further advantages including lesser interference with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices, the components for 900MHz on the contrary, are on the expensive side. You can understand the reason why it’s supported mostly in the high end devices.
Ncell is planning to launch the service all across Nepal in a year. Later, it will likely transition to 5G in the same frequency.
Activate VoLTE on Ncell Network
First off, users need a smartphone that support VoLTE service. Look for the SIM card and Mobile Network setting to enable. Then, dial *17102# for activation. Ncell provides 100 minutes of free talk time for VoLTE calls within Ncell network.