M1 partners Samsung to be the first operator in the world to support Voice over 5G New Radio (VoNR) service on 5G SA network
SINGAPORE, 22 July 2021 - M1 Limited (M1) and Samsung achieved a significant milestone in advancing the world’s 5G ecosystem by making available Voice over 5G New Radio (VoNR) on M1’s 5G Standalone (SA) network.
Tapping on Samsung’s expertise in 5G leadership, coupled with M1’s strong engineering team and proven track records in the development of 5G SA use cases and trials, M1 and Samsung successfully achieved the deployment of VoNR service on M1’s 5G SA network. This partnership validates end-to-end 5G VoNR interoperability – a first in the world, which marks a significant step towards the future of 5G voice services.
The VoNR call service fully utilises the SA architecture of 5G network for an improved high definition quality call experience, while providing 5G speeds for data-driven activities throughout the duration of the voice calls. In comparison to calls made on the 5G non-standalone (NSA) network, which rides on existing 4G networks, the VoNR service boasts faster call setup time and seamless voice call continuity, presenting M1 customers with the true 5G experience. M1 customers will be able to enjoy the benefits of VoNR service as M1 gears up for its 5G SA market trial launch on the 27th of July.
In addition, VoNR service will open up numerous 5G SA-enabled data services and provide the baseline for quality video conferencing or augmented and virtual reality features, offering a glimpse into the plethora of connectivity solutions 5G SA will enable M1 to bring.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, S21+ and S21 customers on M1 network will be amongst the first in the world to enjoy the benefits of the VoNR network via an over-the-air software update on M1's 5G Booster Plan. Customers can also look forward to seamless connectivity with an ultra-fast data speed rate that is almost five times faster than 4G. Furthermore, paired with Samsung’s 5G compatible devices, multi-tasking is possible with remarkable productivity improvement.
“We have once again reached a groundbreaking milestone in our 5G SA journey – to be the first in the world to successfully support VoNR service on our 5G SA network. We are glad to work with a like-minded partner like Samsung to achieve high quality call and better 5G experience for our customers. With M1’s imminent market trial of the 5G SA network, we are excited to leverage 5G SA’s low latency, ultra-responsive, highly secured and high-throughput mobile connectivity to deliver high performance and reliable 5G services for our consumers and enterprises. This step in our 5G implementation journey is in line with the Keppel Group’s Vision 2030, which includes enhancing connectivity for communities,” said Mr. Denis Seek, Chief Technical Officer, M1.
“Samsung is proud to play a pioneering role in placing Singapore at the forefront of network technology innovation, turning on next-generation service in the country. Committed to inspiring the world and shaping the future with transformative ideas and technologies, we are taking a meaningful step in realising the full potential of 5G for consumers and industries. With VoNR, we look forward to delivering more transformative experiences to customers and businesses with M1,” said Ms. Sarah Chua, Vice-President, IT and mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore.