Relaince jio is ready to launch its voice over wifi service, Relaince jio has informed the government that it will launch the service shortly.
Which help jio customers the ability to make calls even in areas having poor mobile signals.
The Indian government is trying to give strong needed push to the public WiFi ecosystem in the country under its ‘Public Open WiFi’ project that aims to broaden the spread of such services by offering cheap internet connectivity in rural areas and tier-2 and 3 towns.
Reliance Jio Infocomm appears to be stealing a march over rivals Bharti Airtel and Vodafone on voice over WiFi Calling.
Jio is also integrating the voice over WiFi feature in its new range of 4G JioPhone feature phones, which have helped the telco make inroads into rural areas, people familiar with the matter said.
The service can help overcome the frustration of dropped calls in rural areas, old buildings with thick walls, underground garages, metro stations and other locations where mobile signals tend to be weak.
A senior official at the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) said ,
that security testing of Jio’s service has been completed. Jio has asked the ministry to complete any other tests required before it offers the service commercially to customers
The telco plans to initially offer the service for Jio-to-Jio calls before expanding it to other networks. The telco is unlikely to charge customers for the new service since it has already said that voice will always be free of charge on its regular VoLTE (Voice over LTE) networks.
Rivals Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India are aiming to launch their own WiFi services as well.
Last month, DoT amended(make minor changes) license conditions allowing telcos to allot a single mobile number for both cellular and internet telephony services, allowing carriers to offer voice over WiFi service even without a cellular signal.
Under internet telephony rules notified by the government,
telcos have also been allowed to use each other’s data networks when consumers make voice calls over WiFi, even allowing third-parties to offer internet calling with a valid licence. The shift will also help telcos free up airwaves to meet surging data demand.