Telegram has officially launched its new encrypted voice calling feature in South Africa following its debut in Europe earlier in March.
WhatsApp has endured staggering attacks on its credibility and safety in the wake of Facebook’s decision to introduce data-sharing policies within the app, and now Telegram has stepped in with a new feature aimed at offering secure voice calls.
Now officially available in South Africa following its debut in Europe, Telegram has enabled voice calling using an encryption system the service presently uses for its Secret Chats feature.
The introduction of the feature follows a Europe-only test phase, Telegram’s new voice calling feature relies on artificial intelligence to improve the line quality of calls over time.
On the subject, the company clarified that “Each time you make a Voice Call on Telegram, a neural network learns from your and your device’s feedback (naturally, it doesn’t have access to the contents of the conversation, it has only technical information such as network speed, ping times, packet loss percentage, etc.).
The machine optimizes dozens of parameters based on this input, improving the quality of future calls on the given device and network… According to our tests, Telegram Calls are already superior to any of our competitors on comparable connections. But the quality of calls will further improve as you and others use them, thanks to built-in machine learning.”
The move will likely delight ardent fans of the app, but international agencies and governments abroad are closely looking into regulating over-the-top services such as Telegram or WhatsApp.
Recently, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd commented that it was “completely unacceptable” that either British police or security services did not have access to WhatsApp in a statement made in reference to the deadly London attacks.
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