First Reliance Jio, then Airtel and Vodafone, and now Idea has launched Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in select markets starting today. However, initially the service will only be made available to the company’s employees. The company has said that the commercial services will be launched progressively on a circle by circle basis.
The service will be made available in over 30 cities across four circles in the first half of the month and in remaining circles by end of April. These initial cities will include Kochi, Trivandrum, Calicut, Pune, Goa, Nashik, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Hyderabad and more.
“Idea plans to cover all 20 4G circles with VoLTE services by the end of April,”
said Idea Cellular in a press statement.
The launch will take place in phases. To make sure that the customers are ready to use the service, the company is partnering with numerous handset manufacturers to fill the market with Idea VoLTE enabled 4G smartphones.
Users on the Idea 4G network with the VoLTE service enabled will be able to call all mobile and landline networks. The company will also allow an automatic switch to 3G/2G networks when the users move out of a 4G network while on a call. This will be possible thanks to the Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC) technology, as per the company.
VoLTE is a standard for high-speed wireless communication. It allows voice to be delivered to users as data through LTE, which allows the users to not use the circuit switcher technology to talk to each other. VoLTE allows up to three times more voice and data capacity than 3G UMTS.