Reliance to Bring 5G in India
According to Mobile World Live, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani outlined his bold vision for the mobile sector, announcing that Jio Platforms engineers designed and developed from scratch, A complete 5G system is ready to be tested once the spectrum is available, and is expected to be deployed in the field in 2021.
Speaking at the group’s annual meeting, Ambani said that the 5G system made in India will enable the company to launch “world-class” services based on “100% local technology”. He said that because the Reliance Jio network uses a converged all-IP architecture, it can be easily upgraded from 4G to 5G.
Once 5G equipment is verified in India, he said that the Jio platform will be able to export the system as a complete management service to other operators around the world. Details of the company’s self-developed 5G work surfaced for the first time in March, and there are reports that the company has developed its 4G and 5G equipment.
Ambani hinted that Reliance Industries’ work may go beyond infrastructure. He stated that the partnership with Google to develop an affordable 4G smartphone will just take it further: “We believe that we can design costs only a small part of the current entry-level 4G or even 5G smartphone.”
He explained that providing affordable smartphones will help overcome a key obstacle that hinders the upgrade of feature phone users today. “India is standing at the door of the 5G era. We should speed up the migration of 350 million Indians. They are currently using 2G feature phones instead of affordable smartphones.”
The partnership with Google forms part of the search giant’s investment of Rs 33.7 billion (US$ 4.5 billion) to acquire a 7.73% stake in the Jio platform. This is the latest example of a series of investments by non-domestic companies in the Jio platform. Ambani pointed out that this will help the company develop new products for India.
Coupled with Google’s investment, strategic and financial investors have committed 1.52 trillion rupees of investment in the past few months in exchange for a 32.97% stake in the Jio platform.
As of the end of March, Reliance Jio had 388 million mobile users. Its goal is to have more than 500 million mobile users and deploy more than 1 billion smart sensors in the next three years.
Source: Mobile World Live