India’s largest service provider, Bharti Airtel launched Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in Mumbai, the financial capital of the country. Reliance Jio is the only other Indian service provider to have launched VoLTE. in Airtel VoLTE, which works over 4G, will offer customers HD quality voice calls along with faster call set up time.
It will enable the service provider to provide cheaper HD voice calls as well as faster call set up time. It will be available on popular 4G/LTE enabled mobile devices. Customers can call any mobile, landline network using Airtel VoLTE. There will be no additional data charges for VoLTE and calls will be billed as per existing plan or packs benefits.
Indian telcos have been facing strong competition from internet messaging companies like WhatsApp and Facebook, besides others. The launch of VoLTE will help them in fighting competition from these players. Even in the case of non-availability of 4G, Airtel VoLTE calls will automatically fall back on
“Even in the case of non-availability of 4G, Airtel VoLTE calls will automatically fall back on
3G/2G network to ensure that customers continue to stay connected at all times. Airtel VoLTE will also
allow customers to continue with their data sessions at 4G speeds while the call is in progress,” says the press release issued by Airtel.
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