Airtel 5G launched in India: Download speed, plan costs, list of 8 eligible cities, and how to use 5G network

Eight cities in India now offer Airtel 5G services. By 2024, the business would have deployed Airtel 5G Plus throughout India. Here’s a quick look at the download speeds that Airtel 5G customers experience, how to activate a 5G SIM, and other topics.

In India, Airtel has begun gradually introducing 5G services. The telecom company, known as Airtel 5G Plus, is providing 5G service in eight cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Siliguri, Varanasi, and Nagpur. Until the rollout is finished, Airtel customers with 5G-capable smartphones will be able to utilise the most recent network on their current data plans.

By March 2023, Airtel hopes to provide 5G coverage in all of India’s main metropolises. Customers of Airtel can use the Airtel Thanks App to check whether the 5G network is available. However, customers will receive an automatic notification via the app if their smartphone is 5G ready. While Airtel has not yet demonstrated the viability of its 5G service, it asserts that users would experience voice call quality and high-speed internet at speeds 20 to 30 times faster than those of 4G.


Let’s review all we currently know about the Airtel 5G Plus.

Airtel 5G Plus internet speed

Ookla said that the download speed for Airtel 5G Plus was 197.98 Mbps in Delhi and 271.07 Mbps in Mumbai. The average 5G download speed for Airtel in Kolkata was 33.83 Mbps, while the maximum download speed was 516.57 Mbps in Varanasi. At the India Mobile Congress 2022 in New Delhi, India Today Tech tested the Airtel 5G speed and received a 341Mbps download speed.

Airtel 5G Plus SIM, 5G plan prices

To enjoy 5G services in India, Airtel customers don’t need to purchase a new SIM card. The carrier declared that the Airtel 5G Plus would work with people’s already-used 4G SIM cards. Additionally, until the rollout is finished, Airtel customers can utilise 5G services with their current data plans.

“Up until the rollout is finished, customers can use their current data plans to access 5G services. No SIM switch is necessary as the current Airtel 4G SIM supports 5G “uses the official 5G regulations from Airtel.

Airtel 5G Plus eligible cities

As was already stated, Airtel has begun rolling out 5G services in 8 cities. By 2023, the telco says it would roll out 5G services in all of the main Indian cities. Users of Airtel can receive Airtel 5G Plus services in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Siliguri, Nagpur, and Varanasi.

By March 2024, all Indian regions and districts would have access to Airtel 5G Plus services, according to Airtel.

How to activate Airtel 5G Plus

Existing Airtel customers with 4G SIM cards and handsets that enable 5G can access the company’s 5G services. Follow the instructions below to enable the 5G network on your smartphone.

  • Open your mobile phone and go to Settings.
  • Tap and open Mobile network.
  • Open Airtel SIM.
  • Tap on the ‘Preferred network type’ option.
  • Now you have to Select the 5G network type.

Note: If Airtel 5G has been launched in your area, a 5G icon will appear on the status bar in the next few minutes. Through the Airtel Thanks App, you can determine whether Airtel 5G services are offered in your neighbourhood.

Airtel 5G Plus compatible devices

All 5G smartphones are compatible with Airtel 5G Plus. The business has urged the smartphone makers to push the software upgrade to enable 5G services for a small number of smartphones, nevertheless. In order to enable and optimise the radio frequencies for 5G, the OEMs will soon release an update. By accessing the link, users can determine whether their device is 5G ready.