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Press Release -- November 27th, 2015
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Networks, Polkomtel partner to offer Poland’s first Voice over Wi-Fi service

  • Using Nokia Networks technology, operator carried out Poland’s first Wi-Fi calling trial on commercial network
  • New service enables calls over Wi-Fi, even on premises where mobile coverage is limited or non-existent

Warsaw, Poland – 27 November 2015

Polkomtel, the Polish operator of the Plus network, has partnered with Nokia Networks to launch Poland’s first public trial of its Wi-Fi Calling+ service. Based on Nokia’s Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) solution, the new service lets users make regular calls when connected by Wi-Fi in locations with poor mobile coverage. The common voice core for VoWiFi and voice over LTE (VoLTE) enables a smooth evolution of enhanced voice services going forward.

During the trial period, the Wi-Fi Calling+ service is available to Plus users in Poland and across the European Union. Polkomtel is testing the functionality before its commercial launch, gathering feedback and ensuring its flawless integration and operation in the Plus network.

Click to Tweet: First in Poland: @Plus_Polska trials #WiFi calling with @nokianetworks #NetworksPerform

Nokia Networks solutions at a glance:

  • Nokia’s voice core technology, including its IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Open TAS (Telecommunications Application Server) and Border Gateway (BGW)
  • A fully customized end-user application from OptiMobile
  • Professional Services capabilities include planning and optimization, system integration, network implementation and care services to ensure the trial runs at the highest quality

Justyna Kulka, Director of the Offer Management Department at Polkomtel, said: “The purpose of the trial with Nokia Networks is to fine-tune this innovative service to a degree that cannot be reached through lab testing. Thanks to the engagement of Plus users in the testing phase, we expect the final product to fully meet their needs and expectations. Our next goal is to integrate VoWiFi and VoLTE as an ultimate solution for voice services.”

Marcin Guzy, Head of Polkomtel Customer Team at Nokia Networks, said: “We are pleased to support Polkomtel’s first Wi-Fi calling trial. The new service enables voice communications from a user’s phone number even where mobile networks are hard to access but where Wi-Fi is available. Regardless of where they are, Polkomtel customers will be able to carry out voice calls as they normally do.”

Did you know?

VoWiFi improves indoor situations where macro cellular network coverage may not be adequate.

For subscribers travelling and calling from abroad, VoWiFi could reduce or remove international roaming costs as such calls could inherently be treated as local calls.


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About Polkomtel

Polkomtel Sp. z o.o. is the leading telecommunication operator in Poland, providing services under Plus brand. The company is the leader of LTE technology using state-of-the-art telecommunication solutions in developing services for its customers. It is a part of the Cyfrowy Polsat Group, the biggest media and telecommunication group in Poland which has 5,9 million contract customers and provides to its customers over 16.4m services of mobile telephony, pay TV and Internet access. Cyfrowy Polsat Group wants to be the leader of the entertainment market in Poland, creating and delivering most attractive content and telecommunication products, using the best state-of-the art technologies, in order to provide high quality integrated services addressing ever changing customer needs and building the highest level of their satisfaction.

About Nokia

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Nokia Networks, which provides broadband infrastructure, software and services, operates at the forefront of our industry. From the first ever call on GSM to the first call on LTE, we have set the pace of innovation, a record that continues with future technologies such as 5G. Together with our operator customers, who serve close to 5 billion subscribers, we are embracing the opportunity of the connected world and helping to solve its challenges.

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