Two leading telecom companies, Airtel and Reliance, have rolled out 5G services in eight and 13 cities in India, respectively. But many 5G phones, including iPhone models that support the spectrum, are still unable to connect to high-speed internet in India. This is only possible when a software update enables devices to connect to 5G, and Apple has rolled out a required update for 5G-capable iPhones.
Big holiday demand for iPhone
Apple posted record revenue of $90 billion in India between July and September, making it an important market for the brand. But only a few Airtel and Reliance Jio users will be able to test the 5G features on the iPhone as part of the beta testing phase. A limited rollout will be followed by a full public launch by December 2022.
Not a smooth ride around the world
Only iPhone 12 and later models can use 5G, as older versions are not equipped to connect to the spectrum in any case. The update for India brings Apple’s 5G support to 70 countries through 250 telecom partners. That failed when Colombia banned Apple’s 5G devices in the country for allegedly infringing on Ericsson’s patent, a network infrastructure provider.
Vodafone is still behind
With Airtel and Reliance Jio on track to roll out 5G services across India by the end of 2023, Vodafone Idea is yet to announce its plans, but it is suffering from a lack of funds. Airtel will upgrade its existing 4G architecture to provide 5G before moving to separate infrastructure, while Reliance Jio is a step ahead by investing more in new infrastructure for 5G.
But before iOS updates become available to the public, all 5G-capable Android devices will receive a software update by mid-November.
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