India's leading telco Bharti Airtel has announced the roll out of VoLTE services, two months after it started testing the technology in five circles. The services are live in Mumbai for now, and will be available on popular 4G/LTE handsets over an Airtel 4G SIM. Customers can call any mobile or landline network using Airtel's VoLTE services. No additional data charges will be incurred, and VoLTE users will be billed as per their existing plan or pack.
India's leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel is scheduled to launch VoLTE services by next week, according to reports. It would make Airtel only the second telco in the country after Reliance Jio to offer LTE technology for voice calls. At present, all incumbent cellular operators offer voice services on the age-old circuit-switch technology, while data is provided on a 4G network. However, in the last one year, Jio has notched up 130 million subscribers riding on its LTE offerings. And now, its more established rivals are following suit.
India s second round of mobile telecommunication revolution is driven by the internet, 4G in particular. While telecom operators like Airtel and Vodafone had been offering 4G services for a while, Reliance Jio s entry has been the game changer. Users now have access to a higher volume of 4G data at affordable prices. And now, India is rapidly becoming a 4G nation, catalyzed by Reliance Jio. According to an OpenSignal report, India now ranks 15th worldwide in terms of LTE penetration. The growth, however, has come at a price.
Reliance Jio has already disrupted the telecom space, compelling the rivals to bring down the data tariffs and offer more lucrative plans. One of the factors behind Jio s exponential growth has been the rise in adoption of the 4G VoLTE smartphones. Moreover, Jio has also benefitted from LYF-branded affordable VoLTE smartphones. Now, Jio is looking to provide impetus to its 4G service by reaching out to the non-smartphone users. We ve in the past come across unconfirmed details about Jio 4G VoLTE feature phones, and now there s another report to corroborate the previous rumors.
Move over 4G, voice over LTE or VoLTE is set to be the norm in the coming days, thanks to the debut of Reliance Jio. Whether the Mukesh Ambani-led company is to be held accountable or thanked for, VoLTE enabled network technology will set the pace for your future smart IoT-enabled lifestyle. Many feel technology comes at a price, but here are the top ten smartphones you could purchase and hop on the VoLTE bandwagon without burning a hole in your pocket.