Airtel debuts 4G VoLTE service in Mumbai, plans to cover all circles by March next year

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India’s largest mobile network operator, Bharti Airtel today announced the rollout of its 4G VoLTE services in Mumbai circle. With the announcement, it is now only the second telecom operator in India to offer 4G VoLTE service after Reliance Jio. It plans to launch VoLTE services in other metro cities by the end of next month. By the end of the current financial year, i.e. March 2018, Airtel expects its VoLTE service to go live in all circles.

While Jio offers free voice calls over the 4G VoLTE network, Airtel says phone calls made over VoLTE will be charged as per the subscriber’s existing plan or pack. However, no additional data charges will apply. Even though most modern smartphones now offer 4G VoLTE support, only a select few smartphones are listed to be compatible with Airtel’s service currently. Other devices will be able to make calls over the operator’s VoLTE network once manufacturers roll out a new software update to add support for Airtel VoLTE. Some of the compatible devices listed on the Airtel website include the following:

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, said Abhay Savargaonkar, Director – Networks at Bharti Airtel.

[Via: FoneArena]

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