M1, Samsung pioneer VoNR service on 5G SA network

M1 and Samsung have made available Voice over 5G New Radio (VoNR) on  M1’s 5G Standalone (SA) network, touted as a world’s first in the 5G ecosystem.

The two companies said their 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 uses 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 claims faster call setup time and seamless voice call continuity, presenting M1 customers with the true 5G experience. 

M1 customers were able to enjoy the benefits of VoNR service as M1 did a market trial launch last July 27.

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.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, S21+ and S21 customers on M1 network will be among 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. 

M1 customers can also look forward to seamless connectivity with an ultra-fast data speed rate that is almost five times faster than 4G. Further, paired with Samsung’s 5G compatible devices, multi-tasking is possible with remarkable productivity improvement.

Denis Seek, CTO of M1, said this step in their 5G implementation journey is in line with the Keppel Group’s Vision 2030, which includes enhancing connectivity for communities.

“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,” said Sarah Chua, VP for IT and mobile at Samsung Electronics Singapore.