Airtel Improves VoLTE Services With Ericsson Solutions

Ericsson has recently deployed technology solutions for Airtel that will help the operator offer improved voice over LTE (VoLTE) services to its customers across the country. Airtel users can make and receive VoLTE calls from their smartphones and smart watches over the operator’s VoLTE network.

Airtel is already offering VoLTE services across its 22 operating circles using Nokia solutions and this new deal with Ericsson will only improve the existing experience.

Since Jio disrupted the Indian Telecom space starting its launch in 2016, every other operator is doing everything possible to remain in the competition by upgrading their networks as well as offering best possible customer services and experience.

The VoLTE deal with Ericsson is one step in that direction to put up an equal, if not better, fight against Jio. Reliance Jio is the first operator in India that offered 4G VoLTE services across the country. Other operators like Airtel and Vodafone Idea are catching up very fast.

Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel, says: “We remain committed to building a state-of-the-art future-ready network as part of our network transformation program – Project Leap – and deliver best-in-class digital experience to our smartphone customers. This partnership with Ericsson will allow us to rapidly increase VoLTE capacity to serve our growing traffic, and make our network prepared to easily introduce new communication services today and in 5G.”

As per the June 2018 Ericsson Mobility Report, India is expected to have more than 780 million VoLTE subscriptions by 2023. VoLTE technology will also be the foundation for enabling 5G voice calls on different types of 5G devices.

Nunzio Mirtillo, Head of Market Area South East Asia, Oceania and India, Ericsson, says: “We are delighted to support Airtel by delivering our Ericsson Cloud VoLTE solution, which will provide them with a high-quality, modern, cloud-based solution for today’s and tomorrow’s communication service’s needs. We start today with expanding HD voice over LTE services across India, which will establish a platform to easily introduce new innovative services in the future.”

Ericsson Cloud VoLTE is an industrialized solution to deliver VoLTE services onto a customer datacenter cloud. The solution includes a complete virtual IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and supporting nodes to add VoLTE service to an existing LTE data network, and serves as a foundation to evolve and expand voice and other communication services.

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