On Wednesday, DoT and MeitY will meet with Smartphone companies and telecom operators to discuss 5G services

On Wednesday, DoT and MeitY will meet with Smartphone companies and telecom operators to discuss 5G  ...

While over 100 million Indian subscribers have 5G-ready phones, many devices, including Apple, are failing to support the service at the moment.

"We will be working together to ensure the 5G smooth rollout, including smooth onboarding of customers," a source tells PTI.

On Wednesday, a meeting of smartphone companies and telecom operators will be held at the Department of Telecom (DoT) offices.

The meeting will be chaired by Secretaries of the Department of Commerce and the Ministry of Electronics and IT.

The meeting''s purpose is to provide assistance to handsets in developing 5G services on 5G networks in India.

While Jio has begun beta testing, Bharti Airtel is the only company to have commercially launched 5G services.

At the same session, the authorities will discuss the use of handset manufacturers and telecom operators to produce software updates for all 5G handsets and prioritize the software upgrade for the adoption of 5G in India.

According to an industry source, Apple is currently testing its iPhone with Airtel and Jio to develop software updates that will enable users to access 5G services.

According to another source, all Samsung flagship phones and several of the mid-range 5G handsets are already supporting 5G services, and the company is enforcing updates for the rest of the phones.

India has experienced a three-fold increase in smartphone users who own a 5G handset, according to an Ericsson survey.

In 2023, over 100 million users with 5G-ready smartphones anticipate to receive a 5G subscription, while more than half of them are open to adopting a higher data tier approach in the next 12 months.

In eight districts of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Siliguri, Nagpur, and Varanasi, Bharti Airtel has begun rolling 5G, according to Jio, which has begun beta testing in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Kolkata, and Varanasi.

Jio promises to do this by December 2023 and Bharti Airtel by March 2024.