Airtel has announced its first Voice over Long-Term EvolutionVoice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) services in India today. The service has been started in the Mumbai circle from today which will be further expanded to pan India in a couple of months. Now Airtel has become the second operator to Reliance Jio that offers VoLTE services. Airel promised Indian consumers to offers HD quality voice call and seamless connectivity on their VoLTE compatible handsets.
VoLTE will offer 135Mbps of data speed on 2300MHz (TD LTE) and 1800 MHz (FD LTE) spectrum. However, in the case of unavailability 4G network, the VoLTE call will automatically fall in 3G/2G network regime to avoid any connection drop which JIO lacks.
To avail company’s VoLTE services, customers have to insert Airtel SIM in Slot 1 for their handset and should opt for an Auto option in network selection mode.
On the launch, Abhay Savargaonkar, Director – Networks, Bharti Airtel said:
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.
Reliance Jio is currently holding the crown for providing VoLTE services across India and also has the largest consumer base in the country. So, to put some fight against JIO, Airtel has to come up with attractive tariff plans while maintaining network stability and services.