WhatsApp voice calling is set to launch in the coming weeks. Here is what you can expect on South African mobile networks WhatsApp header WhatsApp voice calling is set to launch in the first quarter of 2015, and South African network operators are ready to support the service.
WhatsApp’s voice calling will be a mobile-only service, competing against the likes of WeChat, Viber, and Skype, and was originally set to launch in Q2 2014.
WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum explained that the delay was due to several technical issues with the service which needed to be worked through.
One of these issues was how the voice-over-IP (VoIP) service will operate when the data coverage or network quality is poor.
Koum said that WhatsApp has many users in emerging markets where GPRS and EDGE are often the standard.
This raises the question as to what South African mobile users can expect when WhatsApp’s voice calling is launched locally. WhatsApp and South African network quality Any VoIP service needs good network quality to function well. Local mobile operators are confident they make the grade. Larry Annetts, chief marketing officer at MTN SA, said they are confident their data network can support good-quality mobile VoIP calls. “It has been […]