Mobile messaging service WhatsApp is set to launch its voice calling service in Q1 2015, and South African mobile operators have spoken about their respective plans for the new feature.
Speaking with MyBroadband, the operators are confident that they are able to provide the necessary data coverage and network quality to utilise the service properly.
According to the tech site, “Larry Annetts, chief marketing officer at MTN SA, said they are confident their data network can support good-quality mobile VoIP calls.”
“Cell C said it is confident that its network can support high-quality VoIP calls. ‘In addition, we will make significant investments in our data network in 2015 to make provision for the growing data demand.’ the company said.”
“Telkom said that its network has been engineered for high bandwidth and low latency. ‘Our customers are already using other VoIP applications like Apple FaceTime, Viber, and Skype,’ said Jacqui O’ Sullivan, Telkom’s managing executive for group communication.”
“Vodacom said it does not have any concerns about its ability to support VoIP, due to the massive investment it continues to put into the network,” added MyBroadband.
With regards to shaping of mobile data with voice calling, the general consensus from operators was that it is unlikely to happen.