Mobile operator Megafon was the first in Russia to launch a network based on Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) technology. With its help, subscribers will be able to make and receive regular phone calls via Wi-Fi in areas with a weak network signal.
VoWiFi technology is suitable for use in residential complexes, basements and other hard-to-reach places with insufficient cellular signal coverage. Thanks to it, any Wi-Fi router with Internet access can be turned into a base station. In addition, Megafon uses modern language codecs Enhanced Voice Service and WB-AMR to improve the quality of voice calls.
The operator launched VoWiFi back in 2020 – then it all started in Moscow. During the next two years, the technology was spread to other regions of the country. As reported in the company’s press release, such calls do not affect the cost of services, while minutes from packages will be used according to the tariff.
VoWiFi is supported on more than 450 smartphone models, including Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, and more. To use it in the device settings, you need to activate the corresponding function and connect to a Wi-Fi network with Internet access.
Oleksiy Titov, technical director of Megafon, says that in the operator’s network, the choice of communication technology will be made automatically based on the quality of the connection. With the ability to switch between standard voice communication, VoLTE and VoWiFi, people will always be able to stay connected and never miss an important call.