Both the operators have announced that users who are currently using 4G SIM will not have to buy a new SIM for 5G. Their existing SIM will support the new network and will connect to 5G if network is available in their area. Let’s take a look at the 5G service provided by Jio and Airtel and their 5G roll plans and availability.
Jio 5G and Airtel 5G Plus are available in these cities
For the initial launch, Jio did not target many cities and started 5G service in 4 cities. However, Mukesh Ambani’s company has now made Jio 5G service live in 5 Indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Varanasi and Chennai. Jio has also started 5G based Wi-Fi service in Nathdwara. Jio is planning to cover more major cities by the end of this year and pan India will be rolled out by 2023. Airtel 5G Plus, on the other hand, is now available in 8 cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Varanasi, Chennai, Siliguri, Nagpur, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. The telecom operator is expected to reach more cities by December. Airtel aims to provide 5G network across India in 2 to 3 years.
We have also checked users who have already got 5G service on their smartphones. Many users in Delhi got 5G support on Samsung Galaxy smartphones. It is expected that soon all the users residing in the above cities will get 5G network in their 5G smartphone.
Jio 5G and Airtel 5G Plus Supported Smartphones
Almost all 5G supported smartphones are compatible with Jio and Airtel 5G networks. 5G smartphones that are not supporting the network are getting the OTA (over-the-air) update. The devices will start supporting the available 5G networks once the OTA update is launched by all the manufacturers. While OnePlus and Nothing phones have started receiving OTA updates. Apple is expected to roll out support for 5G for the iPhone in December.
Jio 5G vs Airtel 5G Plus: Which is Better?
Both the telecom operators have shown the correct speed on their 5G network during the 5G launch at IMC 2022. Both the telecom operators have also established different strategies for the roll out. However, there is a difference in 5G technology.
Reliance Jio has 5G SA (standalone) technology, while Airtel has 5G NSA (non-standalone). Whereas 5G SA is independent and does not require 4G core technology. The 5G used by Airtel depends on the NSA 4G core. While both the systems can deliver decent 5G speeds, Jio’s 5G SA will enable more use cases than Airtel’s 5G NSA.