For the past two days, rumours had been circulating that Airtel will launch its VoLTE services today, however, that was not the case. During the press conference today Airtel said that they have started trial of 4G VoLTE services in five cities and they will be starting the rollout of VoLTE services later this year.
Gopal Vittal, CEO of Bharti Airtel stated that they have been working and testing out their VoLTE services and should be able to launch them by the end of the year.
“We already have voice service. Customers don’t care for call technology. We are clear that our VoLTE is in works, and trials are on in 5 cities. Towards the end of the year, we should be able to launch it,”
Gopal Vittal, CEO Bharti Airtel
Some customers have reported that their handsets have started receiving the VoLTE update. Apple India has also updated its official website to reflect support for Airtel VoLTE in all of its smartphones from the iPhone 6 onward. Some reports had also stated before the press announcement today that Airtel was conducting commercial VoLTE trials in metro cities like New Delhi and Mumbai.
Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) lets the caller and the receiver make calls over the 4G LTE network. This also allows the operator to offer both data and calling services on the same band thus reducing the cost and energy used. This is done with making voice an application that runs on the 4G LTE data network. Till now only Reliance Jio was offering VoLTE services, but now, the Mukesh Ambani led telecom has competition from one of the oldest cellular service provider in the country.