Airtel has launched its VoLTE services in India, starting with the city of Mumbai. Airtel will be the second operator in the country to offer VoLTE services in India after Reliance Jio. The VoLTE service introduced will help Airtel subscribers enjoy HD quality voice calls on their VoLTE-compatible 4G handsets.
Airtel is already offering 4G Advanced Carrier Aggregation technology in Mumbai to its subscribers. The consumers get speeds upto 135 Mbps by combining spectrum capacities in 2300MHz (TD LTE) and 1800 MHz (FD LTE).
The company promises to offer seamless connectivity via the VoLTE, where in case of non-availability of 4G connectivity the calls will automatically be swapped on to 3G/2G networks. Along with this, the consumers can continue to access their data sessions at 4G speeds while the call is in progress.
Airtel suggested the customers with Dual SIM handsets should insert the SIM in the Slot 1 of their handsets and the network mode should be set as “4G/3G/2G (Auto)” for VoLTE to work properly.
It also has mentioned a list of compatible VoLTE Handsets on its website. Airtel has also advised the smartphone manufacturers to upgrade the smartphone’s software to support Airtel VoLTE.
Airtel further hinted about its plans to roll out VoLTE across the country in the coming few months from now, though no exact dates were given.
Abhay Savargaonkar, Director – Networks, Bharti Airtel at the launch of the VoLTE service 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 smartphones.