Idea VoLTE services from March 1; to cover staff initially


Idea Cellular, the Telecom operator announced on Wednesday that it would launch voice over LTE ( VoLTE ) services for idea workforce in India, so their launch has to call “soft launch”.The services will be available on Thursday, March 1. The commercial services will be introduced “progressively” on a circle-by-circle basis, the company said in a statement.Prior to January, there were reports that Idea Cellular would be introducing its 4G Idea VoLTE services in March in India. Now, the company has announced the rollout of the same.

The telecom giant Idea Cellular declared that VoLTE services on its high-speed 4G network will empower clients and will provide un-interrupted internet experience and also offer high definition call quality as compared to a standard voice call.

The Kumar Mangalam Birla owned Idea Cellular, the Telecom operator is planning to proceed to launch the services in over 30 cities across four circles, and has a few key cities in this first phase of rollout – Ahmedabad, Calicut, Hyderabad, Kochi, Nagpur, Nashik, Pune, Rajkot, Surat, and Thiruvananthapuram, among others – which is intended to be finished in the first half of March. The Idea Cellular plans to cover all 20 4G circles with VoLTE services by April end.

Idea VoLTE Services
Idea Cellular

It will enable clients to automatically be directed to the 3G or 2G network when they move out of 4G coverage, thus guaranteeing constant call availability.


The company stated that it is partnering together with several handset manufacturing companies to guarantee accessibility of Idea VoLTE capable devices in the market, preceding to the commercial launch. The manufacturing companies like, Huawei, which has already released Over the Air (OTA), One Plus and Xiaomi will be releasing soon, offers their customers to experience Idea VoLTE.

In the first phase of launch, the Idea VoLTE services will be rolled out in four circles in the first half of March. These include Maharashtra and Goa, Kerala, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

According to the first phase of launch, the VoLTE services will be introduced in four circles in the first half of March which will include the states such as Maharashtra and Goa, Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Voice over Long-Term Evolution or VoLTE is a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile phones which enables voice to be delivered to users as data through LTE, and also allows the users to not use the circuit switcher technology method to talk to one another. VoLTE is three times more voice and data capacity than 3G UMTS, which means that it offers superior call quality and improved coverage and connectivity. VoLTE enables the call connecting time which can be reduced.


Reliance Jio that introduced VoLTE in 2016. The Competition from Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio), uses VoLTE, as a platform has forced incumbents to move towards this technology.

Reliance Jio, telecom operators like Bharti Airtel has rolled out VoLTE, by offering users the flexibility of high-quality voice calls and fast data sessions. Then Vodafone has introduced the rollout of its VoLTE services in Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, and Gujarat in this month earlier. With this launch, Idea Cellular becomes the fourth telecom operator in India to offer VoLTE services.


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