Airtel to launch VoLTE next week; Mumbai, Kolkata first cities

10 September, 2017, 17:38 | Author: Patsy Dennis
  • Airtel may launch its VoLTE services as early as next week Reports

The battle between India's largest telecom provider: Airtel, and India's fastest growing telecom provider: Jio is all set to warm up, even further. The company has introduced these plans just days after it came up with "Plan 429" to fight off the competition from Reliance Jio.

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When rolled out, Airtel will become one of the first of the incumbent telecom operators to offer VoLTE services. The service will be first started in Mumbai and Kolkata, followed by other metro cities.

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Airtel may begin providing its VoLTE services in Mumbai and Kolkata. The growing influence of Jio has also resulted in lesser revenues for the existing telecom companies and according to the experts, the bloodbath of price cuts in the telecom industry is going to continue for another year. Reliance Jio had started this service in December 2016 and had grabbed 130 million customers. Under this plan, BSNL was offering prepaid users unlimited voice calls (local/STD) on any network and 1 GB data per day for 90 days. It has been conducting pilot operations in several cities for a few months now and that should have given a fair idea about the current performance in these cities. The VoLTE technology has brought by Reliance Jio a year ago and it is being widely used everywhere. The Airtel VoLTE free calls is now on trial. Currently, Jio is the only telecom operator which offers VoLTE call where all calls are made over 4G connectivity.

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With the launch of VoLTE by the established operators, there are speculations that the call-drop and call quality will improve on a huge scale. Though, the greater part of the smartphones, launched in India particularly after the dispatch of Jio, support VoLTE calls, many popular mobiles and feature phones won't have the ability to use it. The company intends to extend the services in the whole country by the end of 2018.

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