Ericsson has been selected by Eastlink as its core network supplier for VoLTE (voice-over-LTE) services in Canada. The partnership will allow the Canadian telecom to provide enhanced services, as well as creating the foundation for Wi-Fi calling and future 5G-capable services.
The company’s VoLTE solution is a completely integrated virtual IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) that will allow Eastlink to deploy changes rapidly and scale to suit the needs of their growing customer base. One of the first features the VoLTE will bring to customers is the support for HD voice.
In a statement, Eastlink CEO Lee Bragg said:
“We operate with an overarching philosophy of continuous improvement through investment in our people, our networks, our services, and in advanced technologies. Partnerships like the longstanding one we have with Ericsson, makes it possible for us to leverage the very best expertise and technology to help bring our customers an exceptional and continuously improved experience.”
In a statement, Head of Ericsson Canada Graham Osborne said:
“Telecom operators are looking for cost-effective solutions to manage the ever-increasing volume of mobile traffic and demand for enhanced services. Eastlink is dedicated to delivering the best experience possible to all their customers and this network upgrade will bring immediate improvements and position them well to add future services.”
Eastlink will work closely with Ericsson to deploy a 5G-ready network that is robust and reliable for customers. The upgrade to Eastlink’s network is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2018.