Airtel to launch VoLTE Services next week to take on Jio

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Next week Airtel will launch the VoLTE service and by the end of this fiscal year, Airtel will expand its VoLTE services in all cities.

Reliance Jio's entry into the Indian telecom scene has, indeed, disrupted the sector, however, it has also triggered other telecom companies to bring in new offers and discounts.

According to the latest report of Economics Times, the telecom giant Airtel is all set to unveil its VoLTE calling service next week in Mumbai. The company has announced the launch of 4G VoLTE services in the country.

However timelines on the rollout of services was not mentioned in the report.

Though the telecom market is abuzz with speculations that voice calls may be made free for customers because VoLTE calls will use 4G data network, nothing has been hinted officially. The company has not commented further on the launch plans.

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BSNL's Rs. 429 plan is aimed at taking on Jio's Rs. 399 recharge plan for pre-paid customers, which offers unlimited free voice calls (local and STD) to any network in India and 1 GB of 4G data per day for 84 days, opines industry experts. Airtel's VoLTE services will go live first in Mumbai, followed by Kolkata and other metropolitan cities, ET added. Thus, it is going to enter the competition through launching 4G VoLTE services in next week.

VoLTE or Voice over LTE is a technology which basically routes calls through a data network instead of switching to a voice network when a subscriber places a call.

Meanwhile, BSNL has also launched some special vouchers, which would allow its users to lower call rates to 15 paise per minute. This, the person said, would give the telco more airwaves to meet surging demand for mobile broadband.

About one in every three phones sold in the April-June quarter in India was a VoLTE device, and this share could double by the end of the second quarter of 2018, Counterpoint Research said.

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