After successfully completing VoLTE trials in 5-6 cities in India, Telecom major Bharti Airtel is now planning to knock off the pan-India roll-out of 4G VoLTE service by the end of the current fiscal year, confirmed Gopal Vittal, the Managing Director and CEO of Airtel for India and South Asia zone. Though it was anticipated that Airtel would launch VoLTE service by the end of this year, Gopal Vittal, while speaking to media on the earnings calls yesterday, has confirmed that, by the end of March 2018, Airtel’s 4G VoLTE service will be everywhere in India.
Earlier this month, Indian Telecom major Airtel officially confirmed about the trial procedure of the superior VoLTE service in five Indian cities, and during this period, some smartphone sellers have already pushed an OTA update to some of them handsets for supporting Airtel VoLTE network. And now, in another official statement, the New Delhi-based global telecommunication firm has confirmed that pan-India roll-out of Airtel’s VoLTE services will be accomplished by March 2018.
During earning calls, Gopal Vittal said, “The roll out of Airtel VoLTE services on smartphones now firmly depends on the certification, and in the coming 6-9 month, our service will be very much national.”
On Tuesday, Bharti Airtel revealed its quarterly profit report according to which the company has earned the smallest profit in 18 quarters because of the newcomer Reliance Jio. The demand of Reliance Jio has led to a massive 75 percent fall in Airtel’s profit rate for April-June earnings.
Currently, only Reliance Jio of Mukesh Ambani is providing voice calls on the 4G network using VoLTE technology, while all other telcos have been continuing their voice calls services with the support of 2G and 3G networks. If everything goes accordingly, after Reliance Jio, Airtel will be the second telecom brand of India to offer voice call on VoLTE technology.