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DoT and Meity hold a joint meeting of smartphone companies and telecom operators to solve 5G issues – The New Indian Express

by PTI

On Tuesday, a government official said that senior officials in the Department of Transportation and the Ministry of Information Technology called a joint meeting of smartphone companies, including Apple, Samsung and telecom operators on issues related to providing seamless access to 5G services.

While more than 100 million subscribers in India have 5G-ready phones, many devices, including Apple, do not support the service at the moment.

“We will work together to ensure a smooth rollout of the 5G network, including seamless onboarding for consumers,” an official source told PTI.

A joint meeting of smartphone companies and telecom operators will take place on Wednesday at the Office of the Department of Communications (DoT).

The secretaries of the Department of Transport and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology will chair the meeting to discuss 5G issues.

The meeting agenda includes a discussion on enabling phones to start supporting 5G services on 5G networks in India.

Bharti Airtel is the only company that has launched 5G services commercially while Jio has started beta trials.

At the meeting, the authorities will discuss the intervention of mobile phone manufacturers and telecom operators to release software updates for all 5G phones and prioritize software upgrade for 5G adoption in India.

According to an industry source, who did not want to be identified, Apple is currently testing the iPhone with Airtel and Jio to work on software updates that will give access to 5G services to consumers.

Another source said that all of Samsung’s flagship smartphones and some mid-range 5G phones already support 5G services and the company is working on releasing updates for the rest of the smartphones.

According to Ericsson’s report, over the past two years, India has seen a threefold increase in the number of smartphone users owning a 5G phone.

The study revealed that more than 100 million users with 5G-ready smartphones would like to upgrade to a 5G subscription in 2023 while more than half are open to upgrading to a higher data level plan in the next 12 months.

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

5G services will gradually cover the entire country over the next two years – Jio has promised to do so by December 2023 and Bharti Airtel by March 2024.