India is now a 5G powered country. However, the deployment of network and digital infrastructure is constantly happening because network maintenance and improvement is never ending in telecom business. In this analysis, let’s take a look at the launch timeline and exactly how 5G launch announcements happen.
We have three carriers to consider – Bharti Airteland Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea. As there is no update from Vodafone Idea regarding the 5G rollout or the timelines involved, we don’t have any details to compile and submit. But according to the carrier’s update, the company intends to launch 5G. Therefore, we only have two carriers left in the 5G race at the moment. Let’s see what, when and how aspects of the 5G announcements made by Airtel and Jio so far.
Airtel 5G and Jio 5G launch, event schedule announced
|Sl. number||timetable||Telco||Advertising||number of cities|
|1||October 1, 2022||airtel||Airtel announced the launch of 5G in 8 cities during IMC 2022.||8 cities|
|2||4 October 2022||geo||Jio announced the launch of Jio True 5G. Jio 5G Welcome Offer has been launched in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Varanasi for Jio users, by invitation.||4 cities|
|3||October 6 2022||airtel||Airtel has announced the launch of Airtel 5G Plus in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Siliguri, Nagpur and Varanasi.||8 cities|
|4||October 22 2022||geo||Jio announced True 5G in Nathdwara (5G, 5G Powered Wi-Fi), Chennai (5G)||4 cities + 2 cities = 6 cities|
|5||November 2, 2022||airtel||Airtel has announced that it has passed 1 million unique customers on its 5G Plus network. The company achieved this feat in less than 30 days of its commercial launch, even while building the network.||8 cities|
|6||November 3, 2022||airtel||Airtel has announced the launch of Airtel 5G Plus in the new Terminal T2 at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru.|
|7||November 10, 2022||geo||Jio True 5G has been launched in Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Jio Welcome allows users to enjoy unlimited 5G data. Jio claims that Jio True 5G is already being trialled by Lakhs of users in six cities.||6 cities + 2 cities = 8 cities|
|8||November 10, 2022||airtel||Airtel has announced the launch of 5G Plus in Panipat. Airtel 5G Plus now operates in 9 cities. All urban areas in India will be covered in 2023, making it one of the fastest to roll out||8 cities + 1 city = 9 cities|
Two cities of Airtel 5G and Jio 5G launched against respective departments
|Sl. number||Communications Department||Airtel 5G||Jio 5G|
|4||Andhra Pradesh and Telangana||Hyderabad||Hyderabad|
Airtel 5G and Jio 5G launch cities set
Differences between Airtel 5G and Jio 5G ads
|Sl. number||Airtel 5G||Jio 5G|
|1||The National Security Agency||SA|
|2||publicly available.||I interested. Expression of interest basis. Jio welcome show.|
|3||Open 5G Launch. Any customer with a compatible phone can access 5G in the launched locations.||5G launch is closed. Select only invited users for 5G beta/trial versions.|
|4||No need to change the SIM card; The current 4G SIM is 5G enabled.||No need to change the SIM card; The current 4G SIM is 5G enabled.|
|5||Announce the number of users who accessed the 5G network after launch.||I’m not sure how many users got the beta invite, but Jio claims that Lakhs of users are already testing it out.|
|6||The phone ecosystem and 5G-enabled phones are updated on a real-time basis.||There is no dedicated page for supported 5G phones yet.|
|7||Customers can enjoy 5G services on their existing data plans until deployment is complete in locations where 5G is launched.||All Jio True 5G customers who are invited to Jio’s Welcome Offer can enjoy unlimited 5G data at speeds of up to 1Gbps.
This will only work if Jio customer has a valid active basic plan of Rs 239 or above for prepaid subscribers and all postpaid users
Airtel 5G Headset Compatibility:
18 smartphone brands support Airtel 5G Plus as of today. Approximately 179+ smartphones on the market currently are compatible with Airtel 5G Plus, and most of the devices already support Airtel 5G.
Jio 5G Headphone Compatibility:
We were unable to find a 5G phone compatibility page on the website at the time of writing.
Jio’s answer for phone compatibility from the site is as follows:
Most 5G devices will be compatible with the Jio 5G network. Some devices may require a software upgrade which will be pushed directly to your phone from the hardware brands. Please make sure to install the update to make your phone 5G ready. We are working closely with all mobile brands to ensure that these updates are available as soon as possible so that you don’t miss out on your Jio True 5G experience.
This phone compatibility information is collected from various sources and software update change history and may not be correct, comprehensive and is not an officially confirmed list. Hence, for reference purposes only.
OnePlus Nord, OnePlus 10 Pro, OnePlus 10T, OnePlus 10R, Nothing Phone 1. More smartphones that support Jio 5G can be found over here.
Advantages claimed by the respective telecom operator:
|Sl. number||Airtel 5G||Jio 5G|
|1||The most accepted technology in the world with the most advanced ecosystem||Stand-alone 5G architecture|
|2||Provides speeds 20-30 times faster than 4G||The biggest and best combination of 5G spectrum|
|3||Environmentally friendly solution with special energy reduction solution||conveyor assembly|
Airtel 5G launch and announcements are open and commercial. All you need is a 5G network launch in your area, a compatible phone, and an existing data plan to enjoy 5G service. Customers can enjoy 5G services on their existing data plans until deployment is complete.
Jio’s 5G launch, at the moment, is an express interest, invitation-only, unlimited, non-commercial launch. Handset compatibility and 5G data tariff are not yet known. Users can enjoy unlimited 5G data until deployment is complete for free.
So far, from our experience, we have not come across any user who received a 5G invite from Reliance GeoAnd on social media, comments are filled with users waiting for the invite. It could be due to phone compatibility or whatever reasons. However, Jio claims that a large number of users are enjoying 5G services across six cities as of November 10, 2022.
We expect to add more cities to the list that will be rolled out in the coming days. Keep reading TelecomTalk as we track and analyze every development related to 5G networks in India.
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