Reliance Jio Kickstarts 5G Trials Across These 4 Indian Cities: 1Gbps+ Speeds, USPs & More!
Reliance Jio announced that it will begin conducting beta trials of its Jio ‘True’ 5G network in four cities starting October 5.
‘Welcome offer’ in 4 cities
The cities are Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Varanasi.
The company will kick off its ‘welcome offer’, which gives users the experience of 5G speeds of up to 1Gbps in the four cities.
It will conduct more 5G trials in other regions “as cities keep getting ready.”
Details of the trials
Users participating in the beta trials will be able to use the 5G network without switching their existing SIM card or device.
The users will receive an invitation to take part in the trials, meaning that not all users in these cities will automatically get upgraded to 5G.
The participants in these cities will need a 5G-supporting smartphone that has an adequate number of 5G bands to use Jio 5G.
Using SA network infrastructure
Jio claims that it is working with all handset manufacturers to enable 5G on supported devices with updates if required.
It will be the only operator using the 700MHz low-band spectrum to ensure wide coverage.
It is using the standalone (SA) network infrastructure.
It claims that this is “far superior” to other 4G-based Non-standalone (NSA) networks being launched by operators.
5G services not automatic
The telco will also support carrier aggregation in all 5G regions to ensure seamless connectivity.
Details on how the Jio 5G plans will be priced are not yet out but can be expected in the coming days.
It is important to note that irrespective of the ‘5G-capable’ phone users are using, they will require some sort of OTA or software update from their manufacturer to ensure that the network gets enabled.
5G in iPhones
For instance, in Apple’s case Airtel’s CTO confirmed that the iPhone-maker is still testing and will likely push an update.
Airtel’s Chief Technology Officer Randeep Sekhon said, “5G on iPhone is not working yet because Apple has to open it. They are promising to open it soon.”