The wait is over, and Bharti Airtel 5G has arrived. After the announcement of PM Modi during the 6th Indian Mobile Congress (IMC), Airtel, Jio, and VI have started rolling out their 5G service in different cities in a phased manner. Users with 5G handsets and an Airtel 4G SIM will be upgraded to the service. At the time of the announcement, Airtel had announced that the services have gone live in eight cities at the moment and will soon be adding more to the milieu. Recently the services went live in Gurgaon, and as of November 18, Pune Airport too has got Airtel 5G Plus service.
There is a lot to know more about Airtel’s new 5G launch called ‘Airtel 5G Plus’. Let’s find out:
Airtel 5G Plus launch in India
There has been a lot of chatter around 5G. After much wait, the 5G were launched at the 6th Indian Mobile Congress. Airtel is one of the first operators to commence its 5G operations and reveal its rollout plan. The company has named its service ‘Airtel 5G Plus’. It is going to be available in eight cities across the nation. The brand was the first in India to roll out 5G in its Beta version. Airtel has confirmed its partnership with Samsung, Ericson, and Nokia to deploy its 5G network throughout India. It has also promised to provide superior voice quality and high-speed connectivity and be more environmentally friendly. The company has announced that users that have Samsung and Xiaomi will be the first to get Airtel 5G services and the 5G plans will be kept affordable. For more information, you can explore here.
Airtel 5G Plus Internet Speed
Airtel will be working on a network widely accepted throughout the world. The company has promised 20-30 times faster connectivity than currently offered. Airtel has delivered a download speed of 1000 Mbps at the IMC during the trials in Gurugram and Mumbai. In Hyderabad, the network has achieved a peak speed of 3 Gbps.
The company had conducted the nation’s first 5G trial in the 700 MHz partnership with Nokia, which fetched 1Gbps internet speed with a low latency of 10 milliseconds. We also tested the speed for Airtel 5G in Delhi and were able to get a download speed of 160 MBPS. You can check our results here
5G network speeds test: Airtel Vs Jio
|Delhi||598.58 Mbps||197.98 Mbps|
|Mumbai||515.38 Mbps||271.07 Mbps|
|Kolkata||482.02 Mbps||33.83 Mbps|
|Varanasi||485.22 Mbps||516.57 Mbps|
Ookla, a mobile and network testing organization based in the United States, discovered that 5G download speeds in India reached 500 Mbps, with peak rates exceeding 800 Mbps.
“This data suggests that operators are still recalibrating their networks. As these networks enter the commercial stage, the speeds are projected to become more steady,” the agency stated.
Airtel 5G Trials
Airtel was the first company to successfully test a commercial 5G demo in India in Kolkata. It also conducted its rural 5G trials in the outskirts of Delhi/NCR with the help of a spectrum allocated by the Dept. of telecom. The company’s trial network is already up and across various urban centres such as Cyber Hub in Gurugram, Phoenix Mall in Lower Parel, Mumbai, etc.
During the rural trials, the company has achieved a speed of 200 Mbps throughput on a 3GPP-compliant 5G FWA device at a distance of 10KM from the site. The company has also conducted a 5G trial for gaming to showcase its cloud gaming capabilities. It was done in Manesar, and the company showcased a speed above 1Gbps with low latency of 10 milliseconds. You may explore more about the 5G trials here.
Cities that will first get Airtel 5G Plus
In contrast to Jio, which has launched its first phase of 5G service in 4 cities, Airtel has launched its service in 8 cities throughout India. The company aims to build a robust nationwide 5G presence starting with these key cities:
Airtel CEO Sunil Mittal also claimed during the 6th IMC that Airtel 5G services will be widely available nationwide only by 2024. Launching its first phase of service with a comparatively more significant number of cities clearly provides an edge to the company.
Airtel 5G spectrum
The company’s strategy toward spectrum acquisition has been intelligent and consistent over the years. It has recently acquired 9867.8 MHZ in 900 MHz, 800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 3300 MHz, and 26 GHz frequencies. This has enabled the company to have the most extensive low and mid-band frequency collection.
The company will be deploying its 5G network using these spectrums. The telco has also conducted 5G trials using the 1800MHz band in Hyderabad. The company has also claimed that it can upgrade its 4G networks to 5G to deliver a much faster nationwide rollout of the service. With one of the broadest broadband networks in the country, the company is headed toward massive success in the 5G arena. Check out Airtel’s official website for more.
Price of Airtel 5G Plus Plans
As of now, the Airtel 5G tariffs have not been revealed. However, according to the company CTO, the tariff charges for 5G globally are at par with the 4G tariffs. Thus, it can be expected that the 5G tariff will be pretty similar to the existing 4G tariffs. The company reiterated their stance while talking about the device schedule as it mentioned that the 5G plans will be affordable. Currently, customers that have a 5G compatible smartphone can also enjoy 5G services on their current Airtel data plans. The 5G plans will be announced after the trial period ends.
Airtel 5G Plus: List of supported devices
Airtel has also shared a list of smartphones that are eligible for 5G. Smartphones from Samsung, Xiaomi, Apple, Realme, vivo, OPPO, iQoo and OnePlus will soon be getting a software update. Post this update, the 5G services should start working on your phone. Vivo, Samsung and Xiaomi are working on rolling these to all compatible smartphones. OPPO has already rolled out the update and is working on 5G in the areas where the service is live. Here is the complete list of devices
Airtel 5G Plus latest news
Airtel 5G Services Launched in Guwahati
Airtel 5G Plus services will be made accessible to users in stages as the company continues to build its network and finish the roll out. Customers with 5G-enabled handsets will have access to the high-speed Airtel 5G Plus network at no extra cost till the network is more widely available.
Airtel launched its 5G Plus services in Gurugram
Airtel started rolling out its 5G Plus services in select cities last month. It is already available in six cities, and now the telecom operator has also made it available in Gurugram. Currently, it is available at DLF Cyber Hub, DLF Phase 2, MG Road, Rajiv Chowk, Iffco Chowk, Atlas Chowk, Udyog Vihar, Nirvana Country, Gurugram train station, Civil lines, Ardee city, Huda city centre, Gurugram National Highway, and a few other locations.
All 5G smartphones except iPhones to work on the Airtel network: Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal (November 1)
Bharti Airtel Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Gopal Vittal stated during the company’s earnings call that all 5G-capable devices, excluding iPhones, would support Airtel 5G by Mid-November. Apple will deliver the software upgrade in the first week of November, and by mid-December, all of its devices should support Airtel’s 5G services.
Motorola rolls out 5G update for Edge 30 Ultra and Fusion (October 14)
Motorola has announced a rollout timeline of software updates that will support 5G connectivity on compatible devices in India. The company is expecting to finish the rollout by the first week of November. The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra and Edge 30 Fusion that debuted last month are already receiving a 5G update this week.
Airtel Plus services will run on all OPPO 5G smartphones (October 11)
OPPO has officially announced that all of its 5G devices will now support Airtel’s 5G services. This includes OPPO Reno 5G Pro, OPPO Reno 6, OPPO Reno 6 Pro, OPPO F19 Pro Plus, OPPO A53s, OPPO A74, OPPO Reno 7 Pro 5G, OPPO F21 Pro 5G, OPPO Reno 7, OPPO Reno 8, OPPO Reno 8 Pro, OPPO K10 5G and OPPO F21s Pro.
Airtel users in eight cities can go on 5G plans without changing their 4G Sim (October 6)
Airtel 5G Plus is life in 8 cities across the nation, and users can enjoy 5G connectivity on their existing 4G data plans until the 5G rollout is completed. No sim card change is required as all existing 4G Sim Cards are 5G enabled.
Airtel to complete rollout of Airtel 5G plus across India by 2024 (August 12)
Airtel, which has launched its 5G service in 8 cities across India in its first phase, aims to complete the network rollout across India by 2024. The telco’s rollout plan for 5000 towns is already in place. The company intends to start the rollout in 5000 towns initially as a setup to support the already-established system.
Airtel 5G connected Ambulance to launch soon (April 28)
Airtel has partnered with Apollo Hospitals and Cisco to develop a 5G-connected Ambulance to improve access to healthcare and save lives in emergencies. It will be a state-of-the-art technology-loaded vehicle with telemetry devices that can transmit patient health data to the hospital in real-time. In addition, it will also be loaded with cameras, head-gear-based cameras, and body cams.