Bharti Airtel (India and South Asia) MD and CEO Gopal Vittal AT the launch of 'Project Next' in New Delhi Image: IANS
Airtel is undergoing trial for voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in five cities and the services will be launched in the later part of the year, Gopal Vittal, Managing Director and CEO (India and South Asia) of the company, said here on Monday.
"We are in the midst of trials. We are already doing trials in five cities. Towards the later part of the year we should be able to launch it," Vittal added.
The VoLTE allows operator to offer both voice and data without switching between bands.
For the uninitiated, Reliance Jio is the first company in India to offer voice-over LTE network in India. The key advantage of a VoLTE network over the regular circuit-switched 2G network bandwidth is that the VoLTE network uses a higher rated codec to offer improved voice quality, faster call set-up and richer communication service.