India To Have 370 Mn VoLTE Users In Next 5 Years

Five years from now or by 2022, the VoLTE subscriber base will rise to 370 million from current few millions. On a global scale, same is pegged at 4.6 billion by end of 2022, says a just released Ericsson Mobility Report.

“VoLTE represents a great opportunity for telecom operators in India who are looking to route voice calls over 4G LTE networks enabling lower cost per minute for voice calls as well as free up legacy spectrum bands for re-farming” states Nitin Bansal, head of Network Products, Ericsson India.

In India, VoLTE became a household name with the launch of Reliance Jio services. When the Mukesh Ambani-led firm launched its services in September 2016, VoLTE or voice over LTE networks helped the company offer voice calls for free and make the service an instant hit with customers.

“The introduction of VoLTE will unleash a superior experience for users by enabling high quality voice and video calling as well as other rich communication services from their device’s native dialer with no need of additional applications,” he added.

At present, only Reliance Jio offers VoLTE services in India though other operators like Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular are planning to launch the same in near future. This will help the incumbent operators put up a fight against the new comer as the new entrant to India’s 4G space was able to capture most of its customers through its free offers – for data as well as voice calls, thanks to VoLTE.

Ericsson, as a telecom gear company, helps many an operators offer VoLTE services by providing end-to end VoLTE calling offering, including IMS, LTE-RAN, Evolved Packet Core, Mobile Switching, subscriber data management, BSS/OSS and professional services.

The Ericsson Mobility Report, that periodically tells about the industry trends, forecasts about the communications industry, also said that in 2016 GSM remained the dominant technology, accounting for over 70 percent of total mobile subscriptions. LTE and WCDMA/HSPA technologies are together expected to represent 85 percent of all Indian subscriptions by 2022, while 5G subscriptions are forecast to become available only in 2022, representing 0.2 percent of total mobile subscriptions reaching 3 million.

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