8 December 2022

New Delhi : Airtel may have launched 5G across eight cities , but users of Apple’s iPhone and a large device ecosystem of Samsung and other companies such as One Plus will not be able to access the high – speed services immediately as the smartphone companies need to carry out testing and a software upgrade .

According to sources , the device testing is currently being carried out , with coordination happening between the network providers and smartphone makers .

Airtel's 5G Won't Yet Work
Airtel’s 5G Won’t Yet Work

Airtel chief Sunil Mittal had announced the 5G services launch in eight cities , including Delhi , Mumbai , Bang alore , Chennai , Hyderabad and Varanasi , on October 1 at the India Mobile Congress ( IMC ) .

However , for some the wait may be longer : ” It may take a couple of weeks for the 5G services to begin on the Air tel network on manydevi a source said , addingces , that the matter is being tack led at the highest levels .

” Currently , 5G will not work on any of the Apple devices and the vast majority of Samsung’s line – up , except the latter’s models such as the Flip 4 , Fold 4 , S21 FE , Galaxy S22 , S22 Ultra & S22 + , and some versions of A and M series , ” the source said .

Regarding One Plus , 5G will not work on OnePlus8 , 8T , 8Pro , 9R , Nord2 , 9RT , though the remaining models will be able to access Airtel 5G .

At the IMC , Mittal had said Airtel will roll out 5G services across several cities by March 2023 , and throughout the country by March 2024. However ccups , officials at Reliance Jio said that they are trying to address the issue before launch of services . Jio has said that it will launch 5G across key cities from Diwali , and intends to use the period for requisite testing and upgrades .

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