The first telecom provider in India to offer 5G services is Airtel. Airtel stated that it would first start by providing services in 8 cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Siliguri, and Bangalore, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced 5G services on October 1.
Sunil Bharti Mittal, the founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises, stated that Airtel will launch 5G services throughout the majority of the nation by March 2023 and throughout all of India by March 2024. Several reports claim that the Airtel SIM supports 5G and that current customers do not require a SIM replacement. But individuals who have extremely outdated Airtel SIMs or who want to have a new Airtel connection would need to purchase a new SIM. Even users who are switching from other telecom networks to Airtel will receive a new SIM card that supports both 4G and 5G.
The corporation has kept its hands close to its chest when it comes to the Airtel 5G data tariff options. Nevertheless, it stated that Airtel 5G plans would be offered to users at the current 4G pricing and that new rates for the 5G data would be revealed later. It’s possible that Airtel would announce its rates once it learns about Reliance Jio’s proposal in order to maintain its pricing competitiveness. As a result, customers can use Airtel 5G services for the same price as 4G services.
To boost its 5G services, Airtel recently purchased 19,867.8 MHZ of spectrum in the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 3300 MHz, and 26 GHz bands. For the spectrum, Bharti Airtel paid about Rs 43,084 crore.