Airtel to launch VoLTE in later part of 2017

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecommunications services provider is planning to launch VoLTE (Voice over LTE) in the later part of 2017.

Speaking to reporters during the sideline of Project Next, a digital innovation program aimed at transforming customer experience across all of its services and touch points, Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel said, “VolTE is in trials in 5 cities and and will be launched in the later half of 2017.

Globally, 170 operators are investing in VoLTE in 75 countries including 109 operators with commercially launched VoLTE-HD voice service in 57 countries.

Operators introducing VoLTE services in the second quarter of 2017 were Sunrise (Switzerland), TeliaSonera (Sweden), 3 (Sweden), and U Mobile (Malaysia). Deployments, trials and plans for launch were announced by Jazz (Pakistan), Smart (Philippines) and Digi Mobile (Romania).

VoLTE and VoLTE roaming services were launched in April 2017 by CSL in Hong Kong and CTM in Macau.

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