Telecom Airtel Signs Deal Worth 60 Million USD With Nokia To Provide VoLTE Facility By Devanjana Mukherjee Posted on November 2, 2016 In a recent event of Mergers & Acquisition, Airtel signed another deal with Nokia worth 60 million USD few weeks ahead of its first merger of $230 million for providing 4G network in as many as 9 circles in India. The recent deal would help telecom aggregate to outreach with VoLTE facility likewise Reliance Jio undertaking the entire nation. Reliance Jio mobile handsets come with the feature of VoLTE, which is unavailable in all the leading handsets to which Nokia responded as overcoming the loophole. Apart from providing LTE connection in more than 9 circles, it will now include the option of VoLTE in its handsets. The implementation would help in providing free voice calls, all type of free voice services, offers data flow with database and lifetime free voice calls to Jio. The threat of losing its hold over the market hence watching the increased demand of Reliance Jio subscription among the public helped in keeping a keen focus towards its extension procedure in India. Airtel funded Nokia with $60 million for its expansion in India in context of implementation of VoLTE feature in its handsets. The following deal would help both the conglomerate give tough competition to Reliance Jio hence taking over the market as subscribers often complain regarding the poor/weak signal strength and moreover call-drop hurdle in Jio networks. According to BSE filing, Airtel was piloting the technology in a few areas and after successful testing, is now looking at a bigger launch by giving a pan-India contract for IMS (IP multimedia system) solution to Nokia. All subscribers should be able to use this service by this year end, once launched. Airtel has already started providing its 4G network facilities in many cities, mainly tier I along with pilot testing the VoLTE facility in few cities. Also, mismanagement of Reliance Jio on VoLTE and its less/poor marketing strategy may lead to overtake the market for Airtel and Nokia. As of now, Airtel does not provide any free voice calls services to the subscribers which has been the sole reason of merger and neck-wrecking competition from Jio team. In fact, Airtel and Nokia is planning to launch VoLTE implementation in an extravagant manner so that public may be well aware of the facility provided by the telecom giants against Reliance Jio.