Rogers has launched Canada’s first VoLTE service on the LG G3 Vigor handset. Support for more handsets is expected later this year.

VoLTE, which allows operators to run voice calls over the 4G network, provides several advantages over carriers still relying on circuit-switched fallback (CSFB): CFSB brings the 2G or 3G network into play when a customer with a 4G device makes or receives a call.

“We know our customers lead busy lives and their smartphones help them stay in touch with family and friends. Now customers making voice and video calls will benefit from clear sound quality and the same lightning fast LTE speeds for calls that Rogers delivers to surf the web or stream from your mobile device,” said Raj Doshi, executive vice-president, Rogers Communications. “VoLTE will help our customers enjoy rich, multimedia voice services and we are proud to be the first Canadian carrier to offer it.”

Being the first to launch LTE gives Rogers at least a temporary advantage over rivals over Telus and Bell Canada.

In the March spectrum auctions, Rogers failed to win any additional bandwidth. For the media, they said that they had sufficient capacity from previous auctions.

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