Vodafone Czech Republic has chosen Ericsson as supplier for a full-scale upgrade of the operator’s core network and has launched VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling.

Wi-Fi calling is a very important part of the delivered solution being ready for usage on smartphones with native support for this functionality, which means that the users just makes a regular phone call via the phone’s dialer. For users with smartphones that do not support native Wi-Fi calling, a special Vodafone app can instead be downloaded and configured by the user to make calls over Wi-Fi.

Petr Dvořák, Vice President for end customers at Vodafone says: “Vodafone will be the first operator in the Czech Republic to offer on a massive scale such calling services going beyond cellular coverage calls. Thanks to the freely available Wi-Fi calling application, Vodafone customers can take advantage of this modern service on any phones running Android 4.0 or later, so therefore, on all Android phones which Vodafone has on offer. Wi-Fi calling allows you to connect to any phone number in the same way as you do when placing regular calls from your mobile phone.”

With Wi-Fi calling, consumers can use their smartphones for operator communication services while using Wi-Fi access and their existing mobile phone number. This is beneficial to users that suffer from poor cellular coverage, such as in basements and ferroconcrete buildings. The devices connect via the home Wi-Fi access point and connect automatically to the operator-provided voice service. Users can also make operator voice calls at Wi-Fi hotspots across the world.