Bharti Airtel, India’s second largest telecom service provider has announced the launch of its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in Mumbai. The service will allow Airtel users to enjoy HD quality voice calls along with faster call set up time on their 4G VoLTE enabled smartphones.
While the VoLTE service is now live for customers in Mumbai, Airtel plans to roll out VoLTE across the country over the next few months. Promising seamless connectivity, the company says that the Airtel VoLTE is enabled by Airtel’s wide 4G network coverage. Further it notes that in case of non-availability of 4G, the VoLTE calls will automatically switch to 3G/2G network. The Airtel VoLTE will allow users to continue with their data sessions at 4G speeds while the call is in progress.
For those having dual SIM smartphones, Airtel says that users need to ensure that the Airtel 4G SIM has been inserted in SIM slot 1 and network mode should be set as “4G/3G/2G (Auto)”.
“This is a significant milestone in Airtel’s network transformation journey under Project Leap. Airtel has built a world-class 4G network across India and with the VoLTE compatible device ecosystem beginning to mature, we believe it’s the right time to enable VoLTE calling as part of our service portfolio. Over the next few months, we will rapidly accelerate the deployment of VoLTE to cover all key geographies to bring HD quality calling to our customers. We keenly look forward to our device partners enabling Airtel VoLTE on their smartphones,” Abhay Savargaonkar, Director, Networks, Bharti Airtel.
The telecom operator in its press release also stated that it has deployed 4G Advanced Carrier Aggregation technology in Mumbai that enables data speeds of up to 135 Mbps by combining spectrum capacities in 2300 Mhz (TD LTE) and 1800 Mhz (FD LTE).
While incumbent telecom service providers have come up with several tariff plans to arch their rival Reliance Jio, this move from Airtel sets another tough competition for the relatively new telecom operator that has been providing data benefits at cheap rate.