Bharti Airtel is seeking the government’s nod to test voice services on its 4G network according to a report by The Economic Times. This is a huge deal as Reliance owned Infotel is the only operator in the country with a pan-India 4G license, recently requested DoT to allot 10,000 numbers for it to test voice over its yet to be launched 4G LTE network. Airtel is the first operator in the country to launch its 4G network and has license to operate in four circles. Also Read - Over 60 porn websites banned by Indian government: Here is the full list
Airtel recently bought a 49 percent stake in Qualcomm’s 4G spectrum which will allow it to launch 4G services in the key markets of Delhi and Mumbai. Currently, it has already launched data based 4G services in Kolkata, Bangalore and Pune. Also Read - Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw asks Jio, Airtel, Vi to gear up for 5G rollout in India
As of now, no operator in the country has a voice connection on a 4G network. At present the current regulations to don’t allow for voice based connections and the 2300 MHz LTE band itself does not have that capability. Only the 700MHz LTE band used in Europe and USA allows for voice over 4G. Also Read - Vodafone Idea opts defers payment of Rs 8,837 crore AGR dues, gets option to pay interest via equity
Infotel has partnered with Russian firm Spirit for a data based Voice-over-4G service. Airtel on the other hand is testing the 3GPP standard for voice-over-4G.