Airtel signs a deal worth 420 crore with Nokia


Airtel has granted a $60 million (Rs 420 crore) pan-India deal to Finnish apparatus producer Nokia to execute voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) calling innovation which might be propelled this year itself.

Airtel was guiding the innovation in a couple of regions and after effective testing, is presently taking a gander at a greater dispatch by giving a Pan India contract for IMS (IP sight and sound framework) Solutions to Nokia. The Sunil Mittal-drove telecom administrator had not long ago given a littler contract for IMS answer for Nokia for trial of VoLTE innovation in select circles.

This voice-over-LTE technology allows operator to offer both voice and data without switching between bands. This LTE data technology is also being used by new player in telecom sector Reliance Jio.

Airtel as of now extends its calling services on the legacy circuit-switch technology. As per many analysts if Airtel launches VoLTE services it will be very advantageous for them giving them a competitive edge.
Airtel will actually use VoLTE as a complimentary service alongside the current voice service. If a user in area where VoLTE is not available they will be able to fall in the network with lower technologies 2G and 3G.

The date of launch is not decided yet. Operating cost of a VoLTE call is much lower when compared to cost of facilitating a circuit switch call. Other than the cost consider, VoLTE brings benefits like spectral effectiveness, which may help telcos handle call drops circumstance to a degree. Moreover, VoLTE as an innovation offers different favorable circumstances, for example, better cell phone battery life, less call set time and better voice quality.

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Madhurima Goyal, From ITvoir News Desk