These are the 5G bands supported by Airtel and Jio – make sure your phone has them
Airteland Reliance Jiohave acquired selected 5G bands in India.
- You need to ensure your smartphone supports enough 5G bands.
- You can check your smartphone’s 5G bands by following the below steps.
AdvertisementThe Indian government announced the launch of 5G services on October 1 at the India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2022. Airtel and Reliance Jio have already started offering 5G services in selected cities.
If you have a 5G smartphone and live in a city where the telcos have started to offer 5G services, you will soon be able to use the latest technology.
If you are wondering if your smartphone supports 5G or if you are in the market for a new smartphone and wondering if the smartphone supports sufficient 5G bands offered by your telco, continue reading.
Airtel 5G bands
Airtel supports the following 5G bands in India –
- 900 MHz (n8)
- 1800 MHz (n3)
- 2100 MHz (n1)
- 3300 MHz (n78)
- 26 GHz (n258)
Reliance Jio 5G bands
Reliance Jio supports the following 5G bands in India –
- 700 MHz (n28)
- 3300 MHz (n78)
- 26 GHz (n58)
How to check your smartphone’s 5G bands
If you are looking to purchase a smartphone and are wondering if the device supports 5G, you can verify if the device supports adequate 5G bands in the following way –
The easiest method is to go to the smartphone maker’s website, go to the selected smartphone’s page and check its specifications. Go to 5G and view the supported bands in the ‘Network’ section.
AdvertisementFor example, we look at the 5G bands supported by the
In its specs page, we can see that the S22 Ultra supports n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n66, n38, n40, n41, n77 and n78 bands.
For India, the bands that the S22 Ultra supports are n1, n3, n8, n28 and n78.
If you have already purchased a smartphone, you can either use the mentioned method or check the bands listed on the smartphone’s box to find the supported bands.
You may still have to wait a while
AdvertisementIt is to be noted that not all 5G smartphones are 5G ready in India, even though they have the required hardware. A software update from the smartphone maker is needed to enable 5G.
While companies have already started rolling out a software update to enable 5G, there’s still some time before all devices receive the update. Samsung, for example, has said that all its devices will be 5G ready by mid-November 2022. On the other hand, Apple has said that its iPhones will start receiving software updates for 5G in December.
If you have an iPhone, you may not be able to use 5G before December
You may soon be able to beat the traffic by using a flying car
Indian government wants Apple and Samsung to quickly roll out the update to enable 5G support
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