Reliance Jio’s Voice Over LTE: Reality Or Myth

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Reliance Jio has been pushing Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) as a faster way of communicating and data consumption. It is right because this new network delivers content in packets rather than sending the entire file over the network. It simply means that data can be consumed faster. Now whether VoLTE is available across the country is another debate. But what is funny is that 95 percent of the country is still on prepaid plans and 75 percent (around 600 million people) are in rural regions, using 2G networks. So there is no way that VoLTE is going to be big over the next one year. However, it has the potential to be huge over the next decade, especially since smartphone penetration would have reached more than 600 million Indians.

“This is where Jio will have an impact on other telcos in the short run,” says Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & CEO of Greyhound Research.


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