Xiaomi India Head, Manu Kumar Jain, said why the company decided to not include 5G in the latest Redmi Note 10 series. Manu Kumar Jain said – “We do have 5G phones. And happy to launch more. However, there is no 5G network in India. Even if the network gets auctioned at the end of this year, it will be easily at least 3-4 years by the time 5G comes to all parts of the country. By that time, you would have changed phones 2-3 times,”.
He also asked, “However, 5G modem and antenna cost money. Why pay for extra costs when you won’t use it?”
This seems to be a good decision as it helps with keeping costs low while providing an excellent device to users. Smartphones are access points to 5G and historically speaking, smartphones have always got the network support ahead of available network technology. Doing so allows industry players to start creating more products and running tests on products and features of the future.
Reliance Jio is ready to bring 5G by the second half of 2021. Airtel also has been working on their 5G network, but they seem to not launch 5G services all over India this early.
5G can be seen in India around early 2021, but that will likely be a small scale launch. It may take longer for 5G to be widespread across India. Manu Kumar Jain expects 5G to become widely available by 2023.