KPN launches VoLTE in the Netherlands

KPN launches VoLTE in the Netherlands

KPN has launched its voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in the Netherlands. The service was developed in conjunction with Samsung.

In the next few months, customers with compatible handsets will be migrated to the service.

In addition to VoLTE, KPN plans to launch voice over Wi-Fi in 2017. Dutch telecom operator KPN announced its plans to save €300 million ($329 million) per year by 2019, under a strategic plan, announced earlier this year, which covers the next five years. KPN said its existing strategic program was planned to make €450 million in savings annually by the end of this year.

KPN CEO Eelco Blok  said in a statement at the time: “The coming years will see a relentless growth of connected devices and surging data traffic. To stay ahead, we are evolving our strategy to the next level. We will deliver a second wave of major business simplification, expand the capacity of our fully integrated network, and keep innovating to drive new products and give an excellent customer.”

KPN has stated that it is looking to become a “business ICT” service provider, which it said will result in improved profitability and stabilising revenues.

KPN has also stated that it expects to increase the speed of its LTE network to 375 megabits per second eventually. KPN currently offers LTE services in the Netherlands through spectrum in the 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands.