Airtel could launch its own VoLTE service in India today at an event in New Delhi. While Airtel has not commented anything on it, the Apple India page shows that Airtel already supports VoLTE indicating that the company may launch it in later today.
Rumours of Airtel to launch VoLTE service has been doing rounds for quite some time now. Reportedly, the company has even conducted trails for VoLTE services in cities like Delhi and Mumbai for the service. “We are piloting/testing VoLTE in a few places but there are no launch timelines that we can share at this point,” an Airtel spokesperson had told Business standard.
Also, the company’s CEO Gopal Vittal, during an investor meet on Q4 results, was reported saying that VoLTE would be relevant in important cities in the coming 12-15 months.
Telecomtalk in one of its previous reports had also talked about the prospects of Airtel launching its own VoLTE service. “Currently, Airtel is testing the service in various Indian 4G handsets that are already available in the market, and it is also said that some smartphones have passed the test successfully. So, expect a roll out shortly,” TelecomTalk reported.
Airtel already offers 4G services across 22 circles in India.The company has also deployed dual carrier technology to combine the spectrum capacities of two 5MHz carriers in the 2100 MHz band and improve the network in many cities.
VoLTE is a technique of sending voice over data network. This technology exists only on 4G because the speed required to send the voice packet is only possible on 4G connections and not 3G or 2G.
Currently, Jio is the only VoLTE service provider in India and with Airtel’s own VoLTE can prove to be a big threat to Jio. The company has over 100 million subscribers. There are reports that now only Airtel, Vodafone is also planning to launch VoLTE services in India.
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