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The problem of network coverage is still a big issue in Nepal. Though Network Coverage has been steadily improving, yet many people are not able to get a decent mobile signal. In that situation, the voice call quality is not up to the mark and people keep on complaining. With the VoWiFi service, you do not have to suffer from poor mobile network and voice quality.
The new trend of using WiFi for calling (VoWiFi technology) has been prevalent in foreign countries like the US and even our neighboring Nation India. Popular Telecommunications companies like Reliance Jio and Airtel have started providing the VoWiFi service in India. So in this article, we will talk about the VoWiFi technology and look at the pros and cons of Technology. Is VoWiFi the solution to the problem of Network Coverage? Let us discuss about the VoWiFi or WiFi Calling technology below:
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VoWiFi stands for Voice over WiFi. To simply define the VoWiFi, it is a technology that uses the IEEE 802.11 (WiFi) connections to enable us to make phone calls, text messages, MMS, etc. rather than cellular data networks. They are pretty much similar to that of the widely used VoLTE network that stands for voice over LTE.
If you are familiar with the VoLTE, then it won’t be hard for you to understand the VoWiFi Technology. We know that VoLTE uses a data network to make a voice call providing better quality then circuit lines. But in the case of VoWiFi, it is dependent on internet connections that improve the quality of calling that allows a more optimized packet transfer compared to other calling apps. Don’t mistake it with other calling apps like Skype, Whatsapp, etc. that use ‘Voice over Internet Protocol’ or ‘VoIP’ Technology.
Basically, Technology is dependent on the WiFi connection and your network provider. Your network provider must have the VoWiFi technology, and you also must have a device that supports VoWiFi.
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It has many advantages :
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It has many benefits like mentioned above, but along with them, it also has some inherent drawbacks listed below :
Right now the VoWiFi feature is not available in Nepal. As known, Nepal Telecom has planned to bring the technology, and we hope that they will soon provide this service in Nepal. It is not known whether the service will be available over Nepal Telecom Wifi or other ISP’s Wifi network. We can easily guess that other service providers will also be coming with this technology to give fierce competition to Nepal Telecom.
Smartphones are not the issue for the use of VoWiFi as almost all the smartphones that have VoLTE come equipped with the VoWiFi feature. Your network operator should facilitate you with this feature. Then again, what is the harm in knowing phones with VoWiFi support? .The major brand’s smartphones as Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo, etc have support for VoWiFi Technology.
VoWiFi is a very attractive technology that helps us to diminish our dependence on the cellular data network. It also provides a higher quality service compared to the data network at a very less cost. But it still is not a stable technology that is ready to replace the cellular data network right now.
In Nepal, there are still many places where there are no WiFi hotspots, and VoWiFi Technology uses internet connections to provide services. Even if it is available, as WiFi is the unlicensed bandwidth, it will face various interference, and huge sharing decreases the quality of phone calls.
As telecom operators can bring this technology to use WiFi hotspots for calling, it will be the next big thing in the future. Then, we may always prefer to call over WiFi when we reside at home or any places with a good WiFi connection.
We expect the technology to be made available in Nepal as soon as possible as it will help us solve the problem of poor network coverage. It will also be very affordable for the common people and they will be able to enjoy better quality calling.
The VoLTE technology is going to flourish in the country with the aggressive expansion of the 4G network. VoLTE is very similar to VoWiFi and it provides better quality call service, has a faster connection, and increases battery life. So, people can opt for VoLTE when it becomes available any time soon whereas VoWiFI is something made for us in the future.
So, What do you think about VoWiFi technology? Please let us know your insights about the Voice over WiFi service in the comment section below.
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