Airtel also launches VoLTE in key Market, another Jio Effect

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 Bharti Airtel Ltd, India’s largest telecom company, will move to voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology in key markets in the next 12-18 months, a top executive said in an investor call on Wednesday. Currently, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd is the only Indian telecom firm that offers VoLTE, with its entire network built around that technology.


 
“VoLTE will be very relevant in key markets/big cities in next 12-18 months and even as sub-GHz band is best in deploying voice, 1,800 Mhz band is also very good. We are future-proofing our network for VoLTE and looking at deploying equipment switch in key markets,” Gopal Vittal, chief executive at Airtel, said.

Reliance Jio offers unlimited free VoLTE services; its entire network is developed on 4G. Bharti Airtel has been offering voice on 2G network using circuit switch technology. VoLTE enables an operator to offer voice and data on the same spectrum band without switching. In the last quarter, Airtel expanded its 4G data services to all 22 circles.

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