The 5G services are already live in Varanasi and Lucknow, and now Airtel has launched the 5G Plus services in Meerut, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Agra, and Prayagraj. Meanwhile, the cities in Rajasthan include Udaipur, Kota, and Jaipur. The company asserted that Airtel 5G Plus would strengthen its entire suite of services. Additionally, it will enable fast access to HD video streaming, gaming, multiple chats, instant photo uploads, and more.
Airtel 5G: how to activate
Earlier, the company mentioned that customers do not need to buy a new SIM as they can access the 5G services via their existing 4G SIM cards. Here’s how you can activate it.
- In order to activate the 5G services, customers need to go to ‘Settings’.
- Then select ‘Mobile network’.
- Choose the SIM that you want to activate 5G on.
- Then select ‘Preferred network type’; select the 5G network type by tapping.
If 5G has started rolling out in your area, the status bar will show a 5G sign within the next few minutes.
5G services in India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally introduced 5G services on October 1st, 2022, after the completion of India’s 5G spectrum auctions in August 2022. Currently, only Airtel and Jio are the telecom providers that offer 5G services in the country. Vodafone Idea is yet to announce its 5G rollout in India. The non-standalone access (NSA) technology was first used commercially by Airtel. However, Jio is the only provider in India to use the 700 MHz bands and has decided to utilise 5G standalone access (SA) (5G low-band spectrum).