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Launches by Etisalat UAE and Zain Kuwait, the leading operators in the Middle East, offer unique insights about VoLTE deployment and uptake.


  • Etisalat UAE and Zain Kuwait have announced the launch of their voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services, allowing customers to use 4G LTE technology for both data and voice services on a single supporting device.
  • Etisalat says it is the first operator in the UAE to launch the service, which offers its subscribers better quality of calls through improved network performance, while Zain has reinforced its commitment to its customers by providing enhanced customer experience with the latest technology.
  • VoLTE will reduce call setup time significantly and will provide high-quality HD voice over the operators’ LTE networks. At launch, VoLTE service was available only on certain compatible handsets in both countries.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates the challenges and benefits of launching VoLTE.
  • Assesses the benefits of VoLTE from an operator and end-user perspective.

Key questions answered

  • Why launch VoLTE now?
  • How do operators and end users benefit from VoLTE?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Operators launch VoLTE to stay ahead of the game
  • Key learnings
  • Future considerations


  • Further reading
  • Author

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