Thursday , March 22 2018

Vodafone announces improvements to its 4G core network


Vodafone has announced this morning that its 4G customers have been entirely migrated across onto its new core network, which it has been developing in partnership with Ericsson. By itself, this might not be particularly thrilling news; I mean, a new core network? Woo… hoo? However, there’s more to this story.

This new network will facilitate the next wave of improvements for Vodafone’s 4G customers; increased data speeds, increased coverage, and last (but not least) will be the advent of VoLTE (Voice over LTE) later this year. Anyone who has used 4G will know that making a phone call can take a little bit longer on a 4G handset than it has done in the past on 3G handsets. This is because Australian telcos do not (as yet) support VoLTE, meaning that voice calls have to be made on the legacy 3G networks. The flipside of this is that your phone loses access to the fast data network while on a call, which can be mighty frustrating if you’re using data at the same time.

Vodafone Australia’s Chief Technology Officer, Benoit Hanssen, said:

We’re seeing customer demand for fast 4G data continuing to grow. VoLTE will allow customers to stay on the 4G network when taking or receiving voice calls, instead of switching to 3G. VoLTE will deliver a superior call experience with reduced connection times, while customers continue to enjoy Vodafone’s high definition audio quality.

One of the exciting benefits of VoLTE is that customers will be able to multi-task on 4G on their smartphone. For example, if a customer wants to browse the net while having a conversation on the same device, they’ll still have access to fast 4G data speeds.

We’ve been anticipating VoLTE in Australia for some time now, and though it’s almost here, it’s not almost here enough. We’d kind of like it now.

Are you waiting for VoLTE? Does dropping back to 3G to make or take calls irritate you as much as it does us?

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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2 Comments on "Vodafone announces improvements to its 4G core network"

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Phill Edwards
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Phill Edwards

VoLTE meh. Not an issue for me at all.

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I dont know if i can get excited. I used to be a vodafone customer and recently moved to another mobile provider. The reason for the move was that in Canberra their 4G network is very slow. Having invested in a 4G capable phone to find that 3G was over 10x faster i was a little dissapointed. Vodafone support werent helpful at all.

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