Airtel 5G Plus roundup: launch date, plans, SIM, speed, list of cities, compatible smartphones, and more

Airtel 5G services aka Airtel 5G Plus are now available in more than 500 cities in India, after officially making their debut last year. The telco has plans to cover all of the urban regions in the country by the end of this year. The Airtel 5G Plus works on all 5G smartphones out there and doesn’t require a new SIM. The existing Airtel 4G SIMs are forward-compatible with 5G. Furthermore, Airtel has made 5G services free for all users, and as part of the early bird offer, they will get unlimited data with Rs 239 or above recharge plans. Here’s a quick look at how to activate 5G on smartphones, Airtel 5G Plus speed, availability, a list of compatible smartphones, and more.

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Airtel 5G Plus launch date in India

Airtel 5G services were inaugurated at the India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2022 on October 1st. This was followed by an official launch on October 6th where the company announced a list of cities that will be getting its 5G services initially along with SIM, plans, and other details.

Airtel 5G cities

The Airtel 5G services are available only in these cities for now:

  • Delhi
  • Mumbai
  • Chennai
  • Bengaluru
  • Hyderabad
  • Ahmedabad
  • Nagpur
  • Varanasi
  • Gurugram
  • Panipat
  • Indore
  • Jaipur
  • Lucknow
  • Patna
  • Pune

Apart from the cities and states mentioned above, Airtel 5G is also available in Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Ambala, Karnal, Sonipat, Yamunanagar, Bahadurgarh, Meerut, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Agra, Prayagraj, Vizag, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Jammu, Srinagar, Shimla, Imphal, Guwahati, Anugul, Sambalpur, Berhampur, Balasore, Muzaffarpur, Bodh Gaya, Bhagalpur, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur, Akhnoor, Kupwara, Lakhanpur, Khour, Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai, Hosur, Udaipur, Kota, Siliguri, Kochi, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, and Rourkela. 

The company has promised to roll out 5G in a phased manner and cover all urban regions by next year. By March 2024, Airtel 5G Plus will be available in all regions and districts across the country.

Airtel 5G plans and SIM

Airtel has announced unlimited 5G data to all prepaid and postpaid users across the country. However, there is a catch. In addition to the 5G device, users must have a minimum recharge plan of Rs 239 and above to use Airtel 5G Plus. The free 5G data can be availed through the Airtel Thanks app. For those unaware, the Airtel 5G Plus works on existing 4G SIMs.

Airtel 5G compatible devices

Airtel has announced a list of devices that are compatible with its 5G network. These are basically all your 5G-capable smartphones that have been launched in the market in the last two years. That being said, Apple is yet to enable Airtel 5G support on its iPhones. You can visit Airtel’s website or scroll down to check the list of Airtel 5G-compatible devices in India:


  • iPhone 12 series and above, including iPhone SE 2020 and 2022


  • Samsung Galaxy S22 and S21 series
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Flip 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Fold 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, A33 5G, A52s, A73, and A22
  • Samsung Galaxy M33, M13, M42, M52, and M53
  • Samsung Galaxy S20FE 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy F42

Xiaomi, Redmi, and POCO

  • Xiaomi 10 series
  • Xiaomi 11 series
  • Poco M3 Pro 5G
  • Poco F3 GT
  • Redmi Note 11T 5G
  • Xiaomi 11T Pro
  • Redmi Note 10T 5G
  • Redmi Note 11 Pro+
  • POCO M4 5G series
  • Xiaomi 12 pro
  • Redmi 11 Prime 5G
  • POCO F4 5G
  • POCO X4 pro
  • Redmi K50i


  • Realme 8 series
  • Realme X7 series
  • Realme Narzo 30 5G series
  • Realme X50 Pro
  • Realme GT 5G series
  • Realme 9 series
  • Realme GT series
  • Realme GT Neo 3
  • Realme Narzo 50 5G series


  • OnePlus Nord
  • OnePlus 9 series
  • OnePlus Nord CE 5G
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G series
  • OnePlus 10 series
  • OnePlus Nord 2T
  • OnePlus 10T
  • OnePlus 8 series
  • OnePlus Nord 2


    • OPPO Reno 6 series
    • OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G
    • OPPO A53s 5G, A74
    • OPPO A74 5G
    • OPPO Reno 7 series
    • OPPO F21 series
    • OPPO Reno 8 series
    • OPPO K10 5G
    • OPPO Find X2

    Vivo and iQOO

    • iQOO 3 5G
    • Vivo X50 Pro
    • Vivo V20 Pro
    • Vivo X60 series
    • Vivo iQOO 7 series
    • Vivo V21 5G series
    • Vivo iQOO Z3
    • Vivo X70 series
    • Vivo IQOO Z5 5G
    • Vivo Y72 5G
    • Vivo V23 5G series
    • Vivo T1 5G series
    • Vivo Y75 5G
    • Vivo iQOO 9 series
    • Vivo iQOO Z6 5G
    • Vivo X80 series
    • Vivo iQOO 9T
    • Vivo V25 series
    • Vivo Y55s 5G


    • Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
    • Motorola Edge 30 Ultra
    • Moto G62
    • Moto G82 5G
    • Moto Edge 30
    • Moto G71 5G
    • Moto Edge 30 Pro
    • Moto G51 5G
    • Moto Edge 20 Pro
    • Moto Edge 20
    • Moto Edge 20 Fusion


    • Lava Agni

    While this is the full list of compatible Airtel 5G devices, it should be noted that some of these devices, including iPhones, are yet to receive an update that will enable their 5G settings.

    How to use Airtel 5G Plus

    Even if you are in Airtel 5G Plus city or got a compatible smartphone, you will need to activate 5G on your smartphone to use the services. We have covered a detailed guide on how to activate 5G on your Android mobile phone and iPhone separately, you can check that out or follow the steps below:

    • Go to your phone’s ‘Settings’ app
    • Select ‘Mobile network’ or a similar setting
    • Choose the Airtel SIM to enable 5G
    • From here, tap on the ‘Preferred network type’ option
    • Now, select the 5G network type
    • If 5G has been rolled out in your region, you should be getting a 5G symbol in the next couple of minutes on the status bar

    Airtel 5G speed

    Airtel has claimed its 5G Plus speed will be 20 to 30 times faster than its 4G speed. The network will allegedly be able to download HD movies within seconds and stream high-quality 4k videos without buffering.

    If you are looking for numbers, Airtel 5G delivered a download speed of 300Mbps at the IMC 2022. Apart from this, the Airtel 5G speed has been around 1,000Mbps during the trials conducted by the telco in Gurugram and Mumbai. However, in Hyderabad, the network managed to hit peak speeds of 3Gbps (3,000Mbps), which is three times faster than Jio’s 5G trial, allowing users to download a full-length movie in a matter of seconds. While this is significantly faster than the 4G network speed, we have to bear in mind that the network was completely bereft of other users during the test, and the real-world experience may vary.

    Airtel 5G spectrum

    Airtel has acquired 19,867.8 MHz spectrum in 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100MHz, 3300 MHz and 26 GHz frequency bands through the auction for Rs 43,084 crore. This is almost half of what Jio has spent on the 5G spectrum auction. While Jio got the coveted 700MHz band, Airtel bought 100 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 band pan India and 800 MHz in the millimetre band. The telco is confident that with the said spectrum it will be able to deliver the best 5G experience in India in terms of coverage, speeds, and latency.

    Airtel 5G news

    Airtel announces 5G in Ladakh (April 12th)

    The telecom giant, Airtel has initiated the 5G rollout in the Union Territory of Ladakh. Subscribers with a compatible 5G smartphone in the region can recharge with a Rs 239 and above prepaid or postpaid plan to avail unlimited 5G internet data. This will not count towards their daily data quota.

    Airtel brings 5G Plus services to Port Blair (March 27th)

    After rolling out 5G services to more than 500 cities in India, Airtel has become the first telecom operator to bring 5G to Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Airtel subscribers residing in the area can experience ultra-fast internet by enabling 5G on their compatible smartphones.

    Airtel 5G services now live in 26 cities of West Bengal (March 22nd)

    Airtel 5G has announced the rollout of its 5G services in 26 cities of West Bengal. Users willing to utilise ultra-fast internet speeds can toggle on the 5G option from their phone’s Settings. Unlike Jio, Airtel doesn’t offer unlimited 5G data to its users.

    Airtel announces 5G rollout in 125 cities across India (March 6th)

    With an aim to release its 5G network in all cities and districts by March 2024, the telecom giant Airtel has today announced the rollout of 5G services in 125 more cities across India. 

    Airtel 5G Plus available in 5 more cities of Haryana (February 10th)

    Airtel has started rolling out its 5G services in several areas of Ambala, Karnal, Sonipat, Yamunanagar, and Bahadurgarh. Customers with a 5G compatible smartphone in these cities can experience high-speed internet by toggling on the 5G option from the Settings.

    Airtel 5G expands to 3 cities of Gujarat (February 8th)

    After previously rolling out 5G services in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, the telecom giant, Airtel is expanding the 5G coverage to three more cities of Gujarat which include Surat, Vadodara, and Rajkot. Subscribers can switch to the 5G option from the Network Settings on their smartphone to use ultra-fast internet speeds.

    Airtel 5G rolls out to 4 more cities in Odisha (February 8th)

    Airtel expands its 5G network to four new cities of Odisha which include Anugul, Sambalpur, Berhampur, and Balasore. The 5G services will be available in a phased manner to Airtel users with a compatible handset.

    Airtel 5G expands to 7 seven cities of Jammu & Kashmir (January 27th)

    Airtel has initiated the rollout of its 5G services in seven cities of Jammu & Kashmir, namely Samba, Kathua, Udhampur, Akhnoor, Kupwara, Lakhanpur, and Khour. Prepaid and postpaid users willing to try out 5G can toggle on the 5G option from the network settings on their smartphones.

    Airtel rolls out 5G services to 4 cities in Tamil Nadu (January 24th)

    Airtel has started rolling out its 5G services in several areas of Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai, and Hosur. Customers with a 5G compatible smartphone in these cities can experience high-speed internet by toggling on the 5G option from the Settings app.

    Airtel 5G Plus now available in 5 cities of Delhi NCR (January 18th)

    After the 5G services launch in Delhi and Gurugram in late 2022, the telco has started rolling out 5G in Noida, Ghaziabad, and Faridabad. Subscribers willing to experience 5G can switch to the 5G option within their mobile’s setting to utilise high-speed internet.

    Airtel rolls out 5G services to 3 cities in Rajasthan (January 17th)

    Airtel has started deploying its 5G network in Jaipur, Udaipur, and Kota. Users having an Airtel SIM along with a compatible smartphone can start using 5G data by enabling the 5G network option from the Settings app.

    Airtel 5G launched in Gurugram (November 15th)

    Airtel 5G Plus services are now available in Gurugram, Haryana. Per the telco, Airtel users at DLF Cyber Hub, DLF Phase 2, MG Road, Rajiv Chowk, Iffco Chowk, Atlas Chowk, Udyog Vihar, Nirvana Country, Gurugram railway station, Civil lines, Ardee city, Huda city centre, Gurugram National Highway and few other select locations will be able to use the high-speed 5G internet.

    Airtel 5G records 1 million users in less than 30 days (November 2nd)

    Airtel claims it has crossed 1 million unique users mark on its newly launched 5G network. This feat has been achieved in less than 30 days that too from just the 8 Indian cities where Airtel 5G is currently live.

    Airtel 5G services are said to be available on higher plans (August 22nd)

    Airtel is likely to offer 5G services with a top-tier plan initially, said Akhil Gupta, vice-chairman of parent Bharti Enterprises in a recent interview. He further added that the telco may not charge a premium for the superfast network. Instead, it might launch high-price plans and prompt users to upgrade to the upcoming network as data consumption rises.

    Airtel plans to complete 5G rollout across India by 2024 (August 12th)

    Airtel, which is expected to launch 5G network later this month, aims to complete the network rollout across India by 2024. That being said, the telco’s 5G rollout plan for 5,000 towns is already in place. CEO Gopal Vittal of Bharti Airtel has highlighted the company’s intention to start off with 5,000 towns initially as a setup to support the system that is already in place.

    Airtel reportedly bids for spectrum worth Rs 45,000 crore (July 28th)

    Not as much as Jio, but Airtel seems to have bid for spectrum worth Rs 45,000 crore. This is 20 percent more than its base case. The extra cash is probably used for low 1800MHz and 2100MHz airwaves, which are useful in covering large spaces and penetrating deep indoors.

    Airtel demonstrates 5G network at Bosch facility (July 15th)

    Airtel has announced a successful trial of the 5G network at Bosch Automotive Electronics India Pvt Ltd (RBAI) facility in Bengaluru. The telco has implemented two industrial-grade use cases at Bosch’s manufacturing facility, utilising the trial spectrum. In both cases, Airtel’s 5G technology drove automated operations ensuring faster scale-up and reduced downtimes. The network is said to have the capability to manage thousands of connected devices along with delivering multi-GBPS throughput.

    5G spectrum auction in July (June 21st)

    The mega 5G spectrum auction will officially be conducted in July. Telecom operators, including Airtel, will bid to lease required spectrums for 5G for a period of 20 years. Following the auction, the 5G services should start rolling out in the country in August-September. It has officially been confirmed that 20 to 25 cities across the country will get 5G connectivity by the end of 2022.

    Airtel 5G connected ambulance to launch soon (April 30th)

    Airtel has announced a partnership with Apollo Hospital and Cisco to create a 5G connected ambulance. The ambulance can stay connected to the hospital with the power of high-bandwidth and low-latency 5G networks and can bring doctors onboard virtually to help and assist paramedics in critical condition. Airtel conducted this demonstration in Bengaluru with the 5G spectrum that was allotted to the telco by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for 5G trials.

    5G spectrum auction in India in early June (April 29th)

    Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has confirmed India’s 5G auction in June. The government is now working on resolving industry concerns around spectrum pricing. Telecom regulator TRAI has mooted a mega auction plan valued at over Rs 7.5 lakh crore at the base price across multiple bands for radio waves allocated over 30 years. However, telecom operators, including Airtel, Jio, and Vodafone Idea (Vi), have expressed disappointment over the price.

    Airtel conducts India’s first Open RAN-based 5G validation (April 5th)

    Ahead of the 5G launch in India, Airtel has conducted the network’s first open radio access network (RAN)-based validation test in India. The telco has partnered with Mavenir, a telecom network software provider, for the 5G NSA validation on 3,500MHz band spectrum. “Speed of up to 1Gbps validated using the commercially available 5G devices,” a person aware of the matter told ET.