Airtel becomes the first company to launch 5G services: Names of cities, 5G pricing and other details

Bharti Airtel’s 5G service will be available in select cities from Saturday (October 1), the company’s chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said at the sixth edition of India Mobile Congress (IMC 2022). With this, Bharti Airtel has become the first company to launch 5G services in the country. Bharti Airtel chief technology officer Randeep Singh Sekhon said that the company’s backend infrastructure is ready. “We need to install some equipment on mobile towers for 5G service. We are doing it gradually. As of today, the service will be available in the area close to towers where the equipment has been installed,” Sekhon added.
What are the cities Airtel is launching 5G in
“When you (Prime Minister) will launch 5G today. 5G from Airtel will be available in 8 cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Bangalore and other cities,” Mittal said. The company said that the 5G services are also being launched in Chennai, Hyderabad and Siliguri.
What will be the pricing of 5G services in these cities
According to an Airtel official, 5G services will be available at existing 4G rates and a new tariff for 5G will be announced after some time.
When will customers in other cities get 5G services
He said that Airtel will roll out 5G services in several cities across the country by March 2023 and across India by March 2024. The company said that every day Airtel is adding new cities for 5G services and increasing penetration within cities.
What do Airtel customers need to access 5G services
According to the company, subscribers need to have 5G phones to access the service, which is being launched today.
How much spectrum Airtel acquired in auction
Bharti Airtel recently acquired 19,867.8 MHZ spectrum in 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 3300 MHz and 26 GHz bands, bolstering its spectrum holding. The company acquired spectrum worth Rs 43,084 crore in the just-concluded auction. Bharti Airtel had placed the order for 5G gears with Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung immediately after the auctions were over.

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