Airtel 4G VoLTE Services Launched in Mumbai, PAN India from March
Finally Airtel started to support Voice over LTE (VoLTE) from today, a 4G LTE-enabled technology that will definately improves the clarity of voice calls using Internet data. Up to now only Reliance Jio was offering this service to its subscribers.
Airtel said the VoLTE feature is now live for customers on its network in Mumbai. It intends to expand the reach of VoLTE support among its subscribers soon, it said. The company will not charge any additional charge for this service.
Reliance Jio’s VoLTE works only with 4G network while Airtel claimed that VoLTE calls made on its network will automatically fall back on 3G/2G network to ensure that customers continue to stay connected at all times.
Customers who have enrolled themselves for 4G SIM card from Airtel in Mumbai – and have a 4G LTE-enabled smartphone – will be able to VoLTE calls to their friends on landlines and mobile phones, it said.
Airtel said it has also deployed 4G Advanced Carrier Aggregation technology in Mumbai that enables data speeds of up to 135 Mbps by combining spectrum capacities in 2300MHz (TDD LTE) and 1800MHz (FDD LTE).
Airtel’s rival Reliance Jio, which has offered VoLTE support from day one since public roll-out last year, has managed to win over 100 million subscribers already, in part, because of its free data-charm. While Airtel is late to join the party, its ability to support VoLTE calls even when the network speeds drop, might please customers.