Airtel to start VoLTE services next week: Report

Airtel might launch 4G VoLTE services by next week, but would it be enough for users to not switch to Reliance Jio?

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Highlights

    • A report from The Economic Times states that Airtel will launch its 4G VoLTE services next week
    • It is being said that Idea is also working on VoLTE services
    • Jio till now has amassed over 130 million users

Bharti Airtel, India’s leading telecom operator might launch its VoLTE (Voice Over LTE) services next week. According to a report by The Economic Times, this would make Airtel the second telecom operator to provide VoLTE services after Reliance Jio. Currently, they use the old circuit switch technology for calls and provides data over the 4G network. Reliance Jio currently only utilises only 4G VoLTE to connect calls and has garnered over 130 million users since the time of their inception.

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As per the report, the VoLTE services of Airtel will first roll out in Mumbai followed by Kolkata, New Delhi, and other metropolitan cities. The company recently had started VoLTE trials across India. We contacted Airtel and they declined to comment. However, we feel that this is all speculative as the company only recently started the VoLTE trials.

It has also been previously reported that Idea Cellular might also be working on VoLTE which it might launch later this year. It seems like telecom operators after seeing the huge success that Reliance Jio got with VoLTE companies are starting to follow. Industry experts have also said that the calls that are made using VoLTE are much more clear than the calls made with the 2G or 3G network.

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The company hasn’t yet issued any statement regarding the launch of 4G VoLTE services, and the report cites an unnamed source inside the company, so we recommend that you take this news with a pinch of salt.