Airtel: Gopal Vittal, the CEO of Airtel, has advised customers to opt for a 5G-capable smartphone when they purchase a new one. The company’s CEO revealed that users would soon be able to use the Airtel Thanks app to see if their area supports Airtel’s 5G services in a letter to customers, as reported by The Economic Times. Prior to Diwali, the telco had stated that it will introduce 5G services nationwide by October. Around the same time, Reliance Jio, its main rival, will launch its fast internet services in India.
“We expect to launch our 5G services within a month. By December, we should have coverage in the key metros. After that, we will expand rapidly to cover the entire country. We expect to cover all of urban India by the end of 2023.” In the letter to customers, Vittal writes.
According to the letter, Airtel’s 5G network was developed with customers’ smartphones in mind and is not standalone (NSA). Due to the fact that NSA is based on an existing 4G network, it is frequently used in other nations. By doing this, the headache of procuring a new SIM card or even setting up new infrastructure is eliminated.
“This guarantees that any 5G smartphone in India will operate flawlessly on the Airtel network. This will be true even if you use an Airtel 5 G phone to travel abroad. In comparison to earlier technologies, up to four out of ten 5G phones may not support 5G ” he further adds.
Airtel 5G would give “dramatically greater speeds” compared to the 4G network
Vittal also claimed that Airtel 5G would give “dramatically greater speeds” compared to the 4G network. The telco claimed that 5G is 100 times faster than 4G in a blog post. According to the report, mid-band 5G delivers a speed between 100 and 900 Mbps, while low-band 5G gives rates between 50 and 250 Mbps. 5G gigabit is the high band. Up to 1.8Gbps is currently being tested. India’s average fixed broadband speed in July 2022 was 72.3 Mbps, for reference.