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

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

While over 100 million Indian subscribers have 5G-ready phones, many devices, including Apple, are not supporting the service at this time.

"We will be working together to ensure the 5G rollout, which includes ensuring smooth onboarding of consumers," a official source told PTI.

On Wednesday, a meeting of smartphone manufacturers and telecom operators will take place at the Department of Telecom (DoT) office.

The meetings will focus on the teething 5G issues, both the DoT and the Ministry of Electronics and IT.

The audience will gather for a discussion on allowing the handsets to begin using 5G services on Indian 5G networks.

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

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

According to a leading industry source, Apple is currently testing iPhone with Airtel and Jio to develop software updates that will give consumers access to 5G services.

Another source said all Samsung flagship smartphones and some of the mid-range 5G handsets are already providing 5G services, and the company is working on updating the rest of the handsets.

According to an Ericsson study, India has witnessed a three-fold increase in smartphone users who own a 5G handset over the past two years.

Over 100 million people with 5G-ready smartphones are planning to switch to a 5G subscription in 2023, while more than half of them are open to upgrading to a higher data tier plan in the next 12 months.

Bharti Airtel has started rolling 5G in eight districts in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Siliguri, Nagpur, and Varanasi, while Jio has started beta trials in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Varanasi.

In the following couple of years, Jio promises to do so by December 2023 and Bharti Airtel by March 2024.