Telecom Italia launches VoLTE service

TIM on Monday announced the launch of voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services under the brand name “Voce 4G”, which translates as voice 4G. The ‘Voce 4G’ offering is available across the operator’s entire LTE network, which was launched in November 2012 and now covers around 85% of the population.
Currently, the Italian incumbent is offering the service at no extra charge to customers on its ‘TIM Special Unlimited’ tariff plan, using the Samsung S6, LG G4 and Microsoft Lumia 950 smartphones. It has pledged to extend the service to users on different tariff plans and to other devices at a later date.
The telco will also add features including high-definition (HD) video; real-time sharing of video, images and maps in chat; and file transfer. HD voice is available from launch.
In the same announcement, TIM talked up its so-called 4G Plus network which, thanks to three-carrier aggregation provides data speeds of up to 300 Mbps in eight Italian cities, including Milan, Rome, Turin and Naples. It launched 4G Plus in November.
The technology also makes it possible to access multimedia content in full HD and 4K via a mobile connection, TIM said. Finally, TIM unveiled its Natale Giga Gratis free mobile Internet offer for the Christmas period.
“Voce 4G and Natale Giga Gratis enrich the offers of the Telecom Italia group, which have been brought together under the TIM brand, with the goal of responding to the needs of all customers and new digital consumption,” TIM said, in a statement.
Telecom Italia rebranded all its retail operations under the TIM banner in July, 20 years after it first introduced TIM as its mobile brand. The telco retains the Telecom Italia name at the corporate level.