Apple and Samsung have announced that their 5G connection will be available soon. With 5G connectivity, the government has advised that Apple and Samsung to modify phones rapidly

Apple and Samsung have announced that their 5G connection will be available soon. With 5G connectivi ...

Apple, Samsung, and other mobile phone manufacturers will be required to prioritize rolling out software upgrades to support 5G in India, owing to concerns that many of their models aren''t ready for the recently launched high-speed service.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 5G services on October1 amid widespread interest, with Reliance Jio, a leading telecom company, saying it would make the service available in four cities and rival Bharti Airtel in eight. Both companies said the service would be expanded next year.

According to three industry sources, Apple''s iPhone models, including the latest iPhone 14, and many of Samsung''s first phones do not have software compatible with 5G in India.

According to a government statement, top bureaucrats from India''s telecoms and IT departments will hold a meeting on Wednesday to ensure early 5G adoption, inviting smartphone executives from overseas companies Apple, Samsung, Vivo, and Xiaomi, as well as domestic telecom operators Jio, Airtel, and Vodafone Idea to be present.

The agenda includes holding discussions "to prioritize" and release software upgrades to support the high-speed network, according to the notice for the closed-door meeting.

Apple, Samsung, Vivo, and Xiaomi, as well as the three domestic telecom operators, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Moreover, the government''s IT and telecom departments also did not respond.

  • Apple May Soon Add 5G Support for iPhone Models in India

India has stated that the introduction of 5G in the world''s largest mobile market, following China, will provide high-speed internet to consumers, with simultaneous socio-economic benefits in sectors such as agriculture and health.

Jio, India''s largest mobile carrier, sold $11 billion (roughly Rs. 90,600 crore) in a $19 billion (roughly Rs. 1.6 lakh crore)5G spectrum auction. Airtel spent $5 billion (roughly Rs. 41,000 crore), while Vodafone did out $2 billion (roughly Rs. 16,500 crore).

While telecom companies and smartphone companies have been chatting to each other, one industry source said that removing compatibility issues between the specific 5G technology of telecom companies in India and phone software is taking time.

Airtel''s website showed "Apple yet to update software" for all Apple iPhones'' 12 to 14 models under its 5G compatible section on Tuesday. Other Apple iPhones were not compatible, according to Airtel, although three dozen models of China''s Xiaomi and Vivo were shown as ready for use with its 5G service.

"Apple has been busy for a long time. Airtel is concerned about this as many of their premium customers are on Apple devices," said a second industry source who knows the situation, adding that Apple and Airtel have discussions.

Apple is in the process of testing and validating different 5G offerings from network providers in India, according to a third source with direct knowledge of the issue.

In 2022, Thomson Reuters will be able to appoint executives.