Apple iPhones in India not to get Airtel 5G in November

    All 5G smartphones except iPhone to work on Airtel network from mid-Nov: Airtel CEO
    By: PTI
    | Updated on: Nov 02 2022, 13:19 IST
    In Pics: Send the best quality WhatsApp photos on iPhone, Android now; Know how
    WhatsApp
    1/5 Why does WhatsApp compress pictures while sharing it? This happens because in the Settings of the application the photo upload quality is set on auto by default, and therefore, the quality of the image while sharing depends on several factors like the internet connection, size of the image, and more. The app therefore, looks to downsize the image, which affects its quality. (PTI)
    image caption
    2/5 How to send the best quality photo on WhatsApp: Open WhatsApp on your iPhone or Android device and click on the three dots to go to WhatsApp Settings. From Settings you will have to select Storage and Data. After that you will have to tap on the Photo upload quality and select the Best Quality option and then click on Ok. (REUTERS)
    image caption
    3/5 Meanwhile, you can also check the steps to send photos and videos on WhatsApp here: Go to WhatsApp and open an individual or group chat where you want to send the photo or video. Click on the Attach icon, then follow the steps mentioned below: (PTI)
    image caption
    4/5 On an Android device, click on the gallery to select an existing photo or video from your phone. Tap and hold to select multiple images. You can also add captions to photos and videos. Swipe between photos to add captions to each one and finally click on the send icon. (REUTERS)
    image caption
    5/5 While iPhone users will have to click on the plus icon and then select Photo and Video Library to select a photo or video from your iPhone's photos or albums. After selecting a photo or video, tap Add at the bottom left to select multiple photos or videos at once. (Pixabay)
    iPhones
    View all Images
    All 5G smartphones except iPhone to work on Airtel network from mid-Nov. (REUTERS)

    All 5G enabled smartphones, except Apple's iPhones, will start supporting Airtel 5G services by the middle of this month, a senior Bharti Airtel official said.

    During the company's earnings call, Bharti Airtel Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Gopal Vittal said Apple will release the software update in the first week of November and all of its devices should support the company's 5G services by mid-December.

    Airtel is providing 5G services at 4G rates but it is likely to take call on the pricing of the next generation services in the next 6-9 months, he added.

    "Samsung... I think there are 27 models of 5G. 16 models are already ready and enabled. Rest will happen by November 10-12. OnePlus all 17 models will work on our network. Vivo all 34 models, Realme all 34 models will work on our network. Xiaomi's all 33 models and Oppo all 14 models will work. Apple has 13 models. They will have (software update) release around the first week of November and by mid-December they should be all ready," Vittal said.

    According to market research firm IDC, 5.1 crore 5G smartphones were shipped from 2020 to first half of 2022 and they are expected to cross 50 per cent market share by 2023.

    However, several 5G smartphones have been unable to access 5G services due to lack of compatibility between the network and the mobile phone.

    Vittal said the company expects to cover all towns in urban India as also key rural areas by March 2024.

    He said the company is in the 5G network construction phase and "then we take decision as to what we do, may be, in next 6-9 months."

    "As the network starts getting built out we will see a significant part of our existing data traffic on 4G move to Airtel 5G plus. This is important since it will allow us to gradually move more and more spectrum to 5G at the flick of a button. We have also started testing the SA (standalone) mode on 5G. This mode may be relevant for some enterprise use cases," he said.

    Bharti Airtel may advance earmarked network investment of 23,000-24,000 crore per annum to expedite rollout of 5G services and gain market share.

    Without naming debt-ridden Vodafone Idea, Vittal said, "Given the financially pressed situation that one of the players in the Industry is going through, we feel that the moment is ripe for Airtel pulling ahead and being the decisively most aspirational brand in India. With this we hope to take a further lead particularly in the postpaid segment."

    Bharti Airtel has posted an 89 per cent year-on-year rise in consolidated net profit for the September quarter at 2,145 crore, as higher revenue per user, more data consumption, and expanded 4G base boosted realisations.

    Airtel's total revenue rose nearly 22 per cent year-on-year to 34,527 crore during the just-ended quarter.

    The company attributed this to "strong and consistent performance delivery across the portfolio and crossing 500 million customers globally".

    The Q2 net profit trailed street expectations, though the revenue numbers came in higher than market estimates.

    The Average Revenue Per User or ARPU (a key metrics for telcos) stood at 190 for the just-ended quarter as compared to 153 in Q2 FY22, helped by focus on quality customers, feature phone to smartphone upgradation and data monetisation, Airtel said.

    Vittal said that the company has only 8.5 per cent return on investments which is very low and can be achieved by investing in financial instruments.

    "This return on capital needs to go up. We are not talking about massive corrections. We are already at 190 ARPU. We need to see one round of correction. When this will happen I am not at liberty to say. We are watching this space and see when the time is ripe," he said.

    Follow HT Tech for the latest tech news and reviews , also keep up with us on Twitter, Facebook, Google News, and Instagram. For our latest videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    First Published Date: 02 Nov, 13:18 IST
    NEXT ARTICLE BEGINS
    keep up with tech