Airtel officially announced Announced Its 5G services in India. Called Airtel 5G Plus, the service will initially be available in select cities. However, 5G services will be extended to other areas over time. “All India will be covered by 2023, one of the fastest roll-outs,” Airtel said in its press release. Airtel 5G Plus is said to offer massive speed and best voice experience. The telco claims that the network will be environmentally friendly and will work on all 5G smartphones. Here’s everything we know about Airtel 5G launch date in India, plans, speeds, SIM availability and list of compatible smartphones so far.
Airtel 5G Plus Launch Date in India
Airtel launched 5G services on October 1 at the India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2022. This was followed by the official launch on October 6, where the company announced the list of cities that will initially get 5G services, along with SIM, plans and other details.
Availability of Airtel 5G
Airtel 5G services are currently available only in eight cities which are as follows
The company has promised to roll out 5G in phases and cover all urban areas by next year. By March 2024, Airtel 5G Plus will be available in all regions and districts across the country.
Airtel 5G SIM and Plans
You don’t need a new SIM to use Airtel services in India. Airtel 5G Plus will be available on existing 4G SIMs, the telco said. Apart from this, users can enjoy 5G services on their own Existing data plans, your regular Airtel plans available in the market till the roll-out is complete. However, to use 5G, you need to have a compatible device.
Airtel 5G compatible devices
Airtel has announced the list of devices compatible with its 5G network. These are basically your 5G capable smartphones that have been launched in the market in the last two years. That being said, Apple is yet to launch Airtel 5G support on its iPhones. You can visit Airtel Website Or scroll down to check the list of Airtel 5G-compatible devices in India:
- iPhone 12 series and up, including iPhone SE 2020 and 2022
- Samsung Galaxy S22 and S21 series
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Flip 3
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Fold 3
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, A33 5G, A52s, A73 and A22
- Samsung Galaxy M33, M13, M42, M52 and M53
- Samsung Galaxy S20FE 5G
- Samsung Galaxy F42
Xiaomi, Redmi and POCO
- Xiaomi 10 series
- Xiaomi 11 series
- Poco M3 Pro 5G
- Poco F3 GT
- Redmi Note 11T 5G
- Xiaomi 11T Pro
- Redmi Note 10T 5G
- Redmi Note 11 Pro+
- POCO M4 5G series
- Xiaomi 12 Pro
- Redmi 11 Prime 5G
- POCO F4 5G
- POCO X4 Pro
- Redmi K50i
- Realme 8 series
- Realme X7 series
- Realme Narzo 30 5G series
- Realme X50 Pro
- Realme GT 5G series
- Realme 9 series
- Realme GT series
- Realme GT Neo 3
- Realme Narzo 50 5G series
- OnePlus Nord
- OnePlus 9 series
- OnePlus Nord CE 5G
- OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G series
- OnePlus 10 series
- OnePlus Nord 2T
- OnePlus 10T
- OnePlus 8 series
- OnePlus Nord 2
- OPPO Reno 6 Series
- OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G
- OPPO A53s 5G, A74
- OPPO A74 5G
- OPPO Reno 7 Series
- OPPO F21 series
- OPPO Reno 8 series
- OPPO K10 5G
- OPPO Find X2
Vivo and iQOO
- iQOO 3 5G
- I live on X50 Pro
- Vivo V20 Pro
- Vivo X60 series
- I live on iQOO 7 series
- Vivo V21 5G series
- Vivo iQOO Z3
- Vivo X70 series
- I live on IQOO Z5 5G
- Vivo Y72 5G
- Vivo V23 5G series
- Vivo T1 5G series
- Vivo Y75 5G
- vivo iQOO 9 series
- I live on iQOO Z6 5G
- Vivo X80 series
- Vivo iQOO 9T
- Vivo V25 series
- Vivo Y55s 5G
Although this is a complete list of compatible Airtel 5G devices, it should be noted that some of these devices, including iPhones, are yet to receive the update that enables their 5G settings.
How to use Airtel 5G Plus
Even if you are in an Airtel 5G Plus city or have a compatible smartphone, you need to activate 5G on your smartphone to use the services. We have covered a detailed guide How to activate 5G on your Android mobile phone and iPhone You can check it separately or follow the steps below:
- Go to your phones ‘Settings’ app
- Select ‘Mobile Network’ or a similar setting
- Select Airte SIM to enable 5G
- From here, tap on the ‘Preferred Network Type’ option
- Now, select the 5G network type
- If 5G is available in your area, you should get the 5G icon in the status bar within the next couple of minutes.
Airtel 5G Speed
Airtel claims that its 5G Plus speed will be 20 to 30 times faster than its 4G speed. The network can allegedly download HD movies in seconds and stream high quality 4k videos without buffering.
If you’re looking for numbers, Airtel 5G has offered 300Mbps download speed at IMC 2022. Apart from this, Airtel 5G speed is around 1,000Mbps During trials conducted by the telco in Gurugram and Mumbai. However, the network hit Hyderabad Maximum speed is 3Gbps (3,000Mbps), which is three times faster Jio’s 5G trial, allows users to download a full-length movie in a matter of seconds. While this is much faster than 4G network speeds, we must keep in mind that the network was completely devoid of other users during the test, and the real-world experience may vary.
Airtel 5G spectrum
Airtel has acquired 19,867.8 MHz spectrum in 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100MHz, 3300 MHz and 26 GHz frequency bands through auction for Rs 43,084 crore. This is almost half of what Jio spent on 5G spectrum auction. While Jio gets the coveted 700MHz band, Airtel 3.5 band acquired 100 MHz spectrum in pan India and 800 MHz spectrum in millimeter band. With this spectrum, the telco is confident of delivering the best 5G experience in India in terms of coverage, speed and latency.
Airtel 5G News
Airtel 5G services are said to be available on higher plans (on August 22).
Airtel is likely to offer 5G services with the top-tier plan initially Akhil Gupta, Vice Chairman of parent Bharti Enterprises in a recent interview. Telco may not charge premium for superfast network, he said. Instead, it may launch higher-priced plans and prompt users to upgrade to an upcoming network as data usage increases.
Airtel plans to complete the 5G rollout across India by 2024 (August 12).
Airtel, which is expected to launch its 5G network later this month, aims to complete the network rollout across India by 2024. The telco’s 5G rollout plan for 5,000 towns is already underway. Gopal Vittal, CEO of Bharti Airtel, highlighted the company’s intention to start with 5,000 towns initially as a setup to support the system already in place.
Airtel Rs. 45,000 crore worth of spectrum reportedly being auctioned (July 28)
Not so much Jio, but Airtel seems to have bid for Rs 45,000 crore worth of spectrum. This is 20 percent higher than its base case. The extra cash will probably be spent on the lower 1800MHz and 2100MHz airwaves, which are useful for covering larger spaces and penetrating deeper indoors.
Airtel showcases 5G network at Bosch facility (July 15)
Airtel has announced successful trial of 5G network Bosch Automotive Electronics India Pvt Ltd (RBAI) facility in Bengaluru. Using trial spectrum, the telco implemented two industrial-scale use cases at a Bosch manufacturing facility. In both cases, Airtel’s 5G technology will speed up automated operations and reduce downtimes. This network is capable of handling thousands of connected devices while delivering multi-GBPS throughput.
5G spectrum auction in July (June 21).
The Mega 5G spectrum auction will be officially held in July. Telecom operators including Airtel will bid The spectrum required for 5G needs to be leased for a period of 20 years. After the auction, 5G services should start in the country in August-September. It has been officially confirmed that 20 to 25 cities across the country will get 5G connectivity by the end of 2022.
Airtel 5G Connected Ambulance Launching Soon (April 30)
Airtel has announced a partnership with Apollo Hospitals and Cisco to build a 5G connected ambulance. Ambulance With the power of high-bandwidth and low-latency 5G networks, the hospital can stay connected and virtually bring doctors onboard Assist and assist paramedics in critical condition. Airtel organized the show in Bangalore With the 5G spectrum allocated to the telco by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for 5G trials.
5G spectrum auction in India in early June (April 29).
Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnav confirmed India’s 5G auction in June. The government is now working on a solution Industry concerns about spectrum pricing. Telecom regulator TRAI has fixed 30 years of allocated radio waves in multiple bands at a base price of Rs. 7.5 lakh crore mega auction plan. However, telecom operators including Airtel, Jio and Vodafone Idea (Vi) expressed disappointment over the price.
Airtel conducts India’s first open RAN-based 5G validation (April 5th)
Ahead of the 5G launch in India, Airtel conducted the first Open Radio Access Network (RAN) based validation test of the network in India. The telco has partnered with Mavenir, a telecom network software provider, for 5G NSA validation on the 3,500MHz band spectrum. “Maximum speeds of 1Gbps have been verified using commercially available 5G devices” A person familiar with the matter told ET.