Handset makers have said that they will enable 5G service on all 5G smartphones within three months.
Companies will soon release software updates to enable 5G service.
Mobile makers claim that there are already 116 mobile handset models 5G ready in the market.
New Delhi. A meeting was held on Wednesday between phone makers and telecom providers with top officials of the Department of Telecommunications and the Ministry of Electronics. In this meeting, top handset makers have told the government that they will enable 5G service on all 5G smartphones through software update within three months. Meanwhile, government officials have asked them to expedite the testing and validation process and set up a monitoring mechanism.
During the meeting, the senior industry executive said that within three months most of the 5G smartphones will be ready and their software updates will also be released. In the meeting, some brands said that the purpose of 5G network testing and validation on the device is to meet the customer satisfaction standard. So it will take a little longer.
Executives of more than a dozen companies attended
A ministry official said that the government agrees with the clarification given by the brands, but its progress needs to be expedited and monitored. Let us inform that in this meeting, officials of more than a dozen companies participated.
People are not able to use 5G service
Another executive who attended the meeting said that smartphone makers also informed the government that around 70-80 million devices are already 5G enabled. And there are already 116 mobile handset models 5G ready in the market. He said that the telecom companies informed the government that they are going ahead with their 5G rollout. Telecom providers Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel have started 5G services in eight and four cities respectively. Yet many smartphone users with 5G-ready phones are unable to access 5G services in these cities.
Standalone or non-standalone network
The government had sought the participation of smartphone makers to release their firmware upgrades, which are required for 5G devices to launch on 5G networks. The government also demanded that telecom handsets should be ready for 5G services on both standalone or non-standalone networks simultaneously. Significantly, Jio has started beta trial of its 5G services on standalone architecture, while Airtel has launched 5G services on non-standalone architecture.