By Aishwarya Paliwal: Brands like Xiaomi, Redmi, Poco, Realme, Oppo, Vivo and all have 5G ready software already installed on all supported phones.
A list of 5G compatible mobile handsets is available on the Airtel website. Notably, these handsets do not need any updates.
Airtel 5G Plus is currently operating in eight cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Siliguri, Nagpur and Varanasi.
Reliance Jio is currently testing the service in four cities: Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Varanasi.
Telecom players Airtel and Jio are spearheading next-generation network services.
Airtel claims that people will experience 20 to 30 times the speed of 4G in terms of voice call quality and high-speed internet.
According to the company, customers can enjoy 5G services on their existing data plans until the rollout is complete. No SIM card change needed, existing Airtel 4G SIM card is 5G compatible.
According to a report by Ookla, Airtel 5G Plus download speed in Delhi was recorded at 197.98 Mbps while it was 271.07 Mbps in Mumbai. In Kolkata, the average Airtel 5G download speed reached 33.83 Mbps and Varanasi reached the highest speed at 516.57 Mbps.
India shows the way to the world: Ashwini Vaishnaw
While on the one hand India is preparing for 5G, work on 6G has already started.
Telecommunications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, who has been keeping tabs on technological developments, believes that India will take the lead in 6G.
6G is the sixth-generation mobile system standard currently under development for wireless communication technologies supporting cellular data networks.
6G will be faster than 5G and completely eliminate problems – dropped calls, buffering, reaching the farthest corners of the country.
Explaining the government’s push, the IT Minister said, “The government’s goal is to make India the technology hub of the world. India is our target,” he said.
List of 5G compatible smartphones
Realme 8s 5G, Realme X7 Max 5G, Realme Narzo 30pro 5G, Realme X7 5G, Realme X7pro 5G, Realme 8 5G, Realme X50 Pro, Realme GT 5G, Realme GT ME, Realme GT NEO2, Realme 9 5G, Realme 9 Pro, Realme 9 Pro Plus, Realme Narzo 30 5G, Realme 9 SE, Realme GT2, Realme GT 2 pro, Realme GT NEO3, Realme Narzo 50 5G, Realme Narzo 50 pro, Realme 9i GT, Realme GT Neo 3T, Realme GT Neo 3T 150W .
Xiaomi Mi 10, Xiaomi Mi 10i, Xiaomi Mi 10T, Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro, Xiaomi Mi 11X, Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite NE, Redmi Note 11T 5G, Xiaomi 11T Pro, Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge, Redmi Note 10T, Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus, Xiaomi 12 Pro, Xiaomi 11i, Redmi 11 Prime + 5G, Redmi K50i
Poco M3 Pro 5G, Poco F3 GT, Poco M4 5G, Poco M4 Pro 5G, Poco F4 5G, Poco X4 Pro
Oppo Reno5G 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 Reno7, Oppo Reno 8, Oppo Reno 8 pro, Oppo K10 5G
Vivo X50 Pro, Vivo V20 Pro, Vivo X60 Pro+, Vivo X60, Vivo X60 Pro, Vivo V21 5G, Vivo V21e, Vivo X70 Pro, Vivo X70 Pro+, Vivo Y72 5G, Vivo V23 5G, Vivo V23 Pro 5G, Vivo V23e 5G , Vivo T1 5G, Vivo Y75 5G, Vivo T1 Pro, Vivo X80, Vivo X80 Pro, Vivo V25, Vivo V25 Pro, Vivo Y55 5G, Vivo Y55s 5G.
iQOO 3 5G, iQOO 7, iQOO 7 Legend, iQOO Z3, iQOO Z5 5G, iQOO 9 Pro, iQOO 9, iQOO 9 SE, iQOO Z6, iQOO 9T.
OnePlus Nord, OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus Nord CE, OnePlus Nord CE 2, OnePlus 10 Pro 5G, OnePlus Nord CE Lite 2, OnePlus 10R, OnePlus Nord 2T, OnePlus 10T, OnePlus 9RT.