A day after Airtel announced its plans for rolling out VoLTE services in India, Idea Cellular is also preparing to introduce 4G-based calling services by early next year. Currently, Reliance Jio is the only operator to provide 4G VoLTE services in the country and incumbent operators are slowly gearing up to compete against it. Also Read - Jio Freedom Plans 2021: Jio launches 5 new prepaid plans with no daily data limit - check detailsAlso Read - How to recharge your Jio number via WhatsApp
Idea Cellular is aiming to introduce VoLTE services on its 4G LTE network by early calendar year 2018. The company is also targeting deployment of 4G network using 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz spectrum band during the current financial year in a bid to boost its 4G capacity in five of its leadership markets, ET Telecom reports. Also Read - 5G JioPhone launch could be around Diwali this year, price to be around Rs 3,500
The announcement comes on the heels of Airtel’s plans to roll out VoLTE services that enables phone calls using 4G technology across India by the end of current financial year. Trials for Airtel’s VoLTE service are already underway in 5-6 cities. “The uptake of VoLTE devices will depend on certification We should be very much national in the coming 6-9 months, Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel said. ALSO READ: Vodafone-Idea merger gets CCI approval
While Airtel is working with Nokia for the deployment of 4G VoLTE services, Idea Cellular is said to be in talks with telecom gear vendors for the roll out. Meanwhile, Vodafone is also expected to roll out similar 4G VoLTE services by the end of this year.
Following the launch of the JioPhone by Reliance Jio, incumbent operators are again under pressure to deliver faster connectivity at an affordable price. With a feature phone being offered with 4G VoLTE capabilities, it but marks as another disruptive technology where rival operators are compelled to introduce services which match up to what Jio is offering. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio s average peak speed 13 times faster than daily 4G speed: Report
Meanwhile, Reliance Jio reportedly signed up only 3.9 million customers on its network in the month of April, suggesting a slowed growth. However, as per the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), number is also the highest when compared to other telecom operators. Reliance Jio announced in February that it has registered 100 million subscribers, within a time span of six months which helped it gain 9.58 percent subscriber market share in April despite the dip in subscriber count.