Airtel 5G won’t work on some devices now

NEW DELHI: Airtel may have rolled out 5G across eight cities, but users AppleiPhone’s and a large device ecosystem of SAMSUNG and other companies like OnePlus won’t be able to access high-speed services right away as smartphone companies need to conduct testing and software upgrades.
According to the sources, testing of the device is currently underway, with coordination taking place between network providers and smartphone manufacturers.
Director of Airtel Sunil Mittal announced the launch of 5G services in eight cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Varanasi, on October 1 in Mobile Congress of India (IMC).
However, for some people, the waiting time can be longer. “It may take a few weeks for 5G services to start on Airtel’s network across multiple devices,” said one source, adding that the issue is being resolved at the top level.
“Currently, 5G will not work on any Apple device and nor the majority of Samsung product lines, except for later models such as Flip 4, Fold 4, S21 FE, Galaxy S22, S22 Ultra & S22+, and some versions of the A and M series,” the source said.
Regarding OnePlus, 5G will not work on OnePlus8, 8T, 8Pro, 9R, Nord2, 9RT, although the remaining models will be able to access Airtel 5G.
At IMC, Mittal said Airtel will roll out 5G service in select cities by March 2023 and nationwide by March 2024.
However, when Airtel faced startup problems, officials at Reliance Jio – the largest operator – says that they are trying to resolve the issue before launching the service. Jio has said that it will launch 5G across key cities from Diwali and intends to use this period for testing and necessary upgrades.


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