WhatsApp has announced that they are in the process of rolling out group voice and volideo calls. However, before you get alaed and leave all the WhatsApp groups you are part of, the group calls don't refer to WhatsApp groups but rather allowing up to 4 people to be on the same voice or video call.
According to WhatsApp, the feature is is currently being rolled out on Apple iPhone and Android versions of WhatsApp.
More details on WhatsApp group calls
"You can make a group call with up to four people total - anytime and anywhere. Just start a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the new "add participant" button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call. Group calls are always end-to-end encrypted, and we've designed calling to work reliably around the world in different network conditions," explained WhatsApp in a statement announcing group voice and video calls.
WhatsApp reports that since launch of voice and video calls, users have spent over 2 billion minutes on calls per day. A statistic that has seen Afrika's telecommunications companies and policy makers alike frowning on the uptake of OTT services (Over The Top) like WhatsApp as they have both seen a drop in voice calls on their networks and according to some governments, like in Uganda with its social media tax, OTT services are robbing them off tax revenues.
The WhatsApp group calls for voice and video feature started rolling out from 30 July 2018.