Vodafone will Launch VoLTE Services from January 2018 in India
Vodafone India will start rolling out its Voice-Over LTE (VoLTE) services from January 2018. The services will be available in Mumbai, Delhi, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Kolkata in the first phase and will be extended across the country in a short time.
“Vodafone is getting future-ready with the advent of newer technologies and digital services. The introduction of VoLTE will boost consumers experience with HD quality calling and offer them newer possibilities. Vodafone VoLTE is an important step towards introducing futuristic technology enhancing our data strong network” said Sunil Sood, Managing Director and CEO of Vodafone India.
Vodafone will not charge anything for the services from its 4G customers. All they need is a mobile phone supporting VoLTE services and a 4G SIM. According to sources, the company will be cover total 17 circles in a phased manner, which is expected to be complete by 2018-end. Currently, Vodafone has 4G services in 17 circles and has a total of around 46 million 3G/4G users. It has a network of around 140,000 sites, which involves around 128,000 3G/4G sites.
Vodafone is the third operator to unveil VoLTE services in the country after Reliance Jio and Airtel. While Jio has a pan-India Volte network, Bharti Airtel has introduced VoLTE services in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat and will cover all the 22 telecom circles it operates in by the end of Financial Year 2018. Earlier, Idea Cellular had announced its VoLTE services to start from 2018, while BSNL will also launch 4G VoLTE services in the country in January 2018, starting with Kerala. Government-owned telecom major, BSNL, will be competing against established private players like Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea.