Telecoms company Eir has today announced the introduction of 4G Calling, which will maintain high definition voice quality at all times.

The new Voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) service will enable Eir customers to start a call over WiFi in their home or business premises and then seamlessly move that call outside onto the Eir mobile network. 

Eir was the first operator to introduce WiFi Calling to Ireland in 2017, with 4G Calling becoming the next step in the evolution of this service.

The company said the introduction of 4G Calling will provide a much richer experience for its customers, as more data can be transferred over 4G networks in comparison to 2G or 3G networks, while maintaining HD voice quality at all times. 

Other benefits of 4G Calling include faster call connection, twice the speed of 3G calls, and six times faster than those found on 2G calls, as well as improved call quality, delivering a more streamlined experience for the end user. 

Another benefit for customers is that 4G Calling allows multimedia operations to work simultaneously making multitasking possible. During a call users can send emails, browse the internet and watch videos, without disruption using their mobile data. 

Guillaume Duhaze, Eir's chief technology officer, said that data usage on Eir's mobile network has increased by over 80% since the beginning of the pandemic. 

The company has also seen voice communications growing in importance due to new ways of working, and living. 

"As we continue to enhance our mobile network nationwide, including extending mobile coverage with improved data speeds, we are dedicated to making all the benefits of Eir's mobile network available to our customers everywhere throughout Ireland," Guillaume Duhaze said. 

"4G Calling will deliver real and instant improvements for customers including noticeably sharper calls and as this technology does not require the installation of apps, it is easy to use," he said.