Today, in a digital press conference Bharti Airtel confirms that they are 5G ready and they have done Airtel 5G test successfully over a commercial network in Hyderabad using a 1800MHz 5G band.
Gopal Vittal Statement
Gopal Vittal, Managing Director and CEO of Bharti Airtel said “With Airtel being the first operator to demonstrate this (5G) capability, we have shown again that we have always been the first in India to pioneer new technologies in our quest for empowering Indians everywhere,”
he added “I am very proud of our engineers who have worked tirelessly to showcase this incredible capability in Tech City, Hyderabad today. Every one of our investments is future-proofed as this game-changing test in Hyderabad proves. With Airtel being the first operator to demonstrate this capability, we have shown again that we have always been the first in India to pioneer new technologies in our quest for empowering Indians everywhere.”
About the Airtel 5G test
Today Airtel successfully demonstrate a live 5G service over a commercial network in Hyderabad. Airtel uses a 1,800MHz band to test the network. This band can allow users to operate both 5G & 4G simultaneously on its network. Today it tests on a Non-Standalone mode. Airtel partnered with Ericsson to deploy a 5G network over the existing 4G antennas. The mid-bands of 5G are 1800MHz, 2100MHz, and 2300MHz, and at the same time sub-GHz bands available at 800MHz and 900MHz. Airtel 5G test used a 1800MHz band.
For the Airtel 5G test demonstration in Hyderabad, this ISP provider used Oppo Reno 5 Pro & Oppo Find X2 Pro smartphones. Now the users who have 4G Airtel Sim have no need to upgrade to an Airtel 5G sim their existing sims will be enough to give you that 5G experience. From reports, there are 20 smartphones commercially available in India that are Airtel 5G ready, soon more to come. The Airtel 5G test will roll out commercially in the Q2 of 2021.
Global 5G spectrums & Bands as of 2020
Few Popular 5G Smartphones & their 5G bands ( 5G bands in a smartphone )
Every 5G smartphone will not give you a real 5G experience here comes how many 5G bands in a smartphone. The iPhone 12 series have all possible 5G bands that work in low, mid, and high 5G spectrums. The reason we are seeing the n78 band in most smartphones is n78 (3300-3800 MHz) TDD band is globally harmonized and a primary 5G band, which is a subset of n77 (3300-4200 MHz). And rest the table of 5G bands in a smartphone is here:
|Smartphone||Model||5G Bands in a smartphone||Country|
|iPhone 12 / iPhone 12 mini||A2403 / A2399||n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n38, n40, n41, n66, n77, n78, n79||India|
|iPhone 12 Pro / iPhone 12 Pro Max||A2407 / A2411||n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n38, n40, n41, n66, n77, n78, n79||India|
|OnePlus 8 Pro||n78||India|
|Moto G 5G||n1, n3, n5, n7, n8, n28, n38, n41, n66, n77, n78||India|
|Oppo Reno 5 Pro||CPH2201||n77, n78, n38, n40, n41, n1, n3, n7, n28||India|
|Vivo X50 Pro||n41, n77, n78||India|
|Realme X50 Pro 5G||RMX2076||n78, n41, n79, n1||India|
Airtel has done a great job and we may see 5G plans soon in Q2 of 2021. Jio also has announced they will start their 5G services also in Q2 of 2021. Soon more 5G smartphones will launch in future and if everything goes well at the end of 2021 majority of consumers may sift to 5G network from 4G, as 4G dominated over 3G. Thanks for Reading.