Smile inks deal with UK firm Squire Technologies to bring first VoLTE network in Africa

Smile, which operates mobile wireless 4G LTE broadband networks in the 800MHz band in Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, has tied up with UK-based Squire Technologies to offer first VoLTE (Voice over LTE) network in Africa.

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Squire Technologies’ SVI-SBC (Session Border Controller) has played a crucial role in the deal. Building on half a decade of NGN (Next Generation Networks) deployments, the SVI-SBC was rapidly deployed to support LTE Pre-Conditions enabling optimal bandwidth allocation and rollout of VoLTE handsets. Squire Technologies also deployed its mature set of media and messaging gateways to insure a seamless interconnection between the VoLTE network and legacy 2G/3G/PSTN.

“From day one we needed a technology partner that could not only offer us a diverse range of core network signalling products but also a set of signalling experts that could rapidly develop and evolve their products to solve the network issues we knew we would face in such a leading edge rollout,” said Tom Allen, COO, Smile.

Meanwhile, high volume transcoding and support for mutli-device, single number services allowed Smile to offer offnet voice and messaging using the mobile app Zoiper.

“This has been an exciting project to be involved in from the start with a unique set of challenges. It has combined solving today’s leading edge VoLTE signalling challenges with flexible products and signalling expertise whilst also insuring seamless interconnection with legacy 2G/3G/PSTN,” said Simon Dinnage, Business Development Director, Squire Technologies.

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