Reliance Jio appears to be in a race of its own in the 5G arena. She has already built a lead for herself when it comes to speed on your emerging 5G network. Now upping the ante, the country’s biggest telecommunications company has struck deals with telecom equipment makers Ericsson and Nokia to secure its mega 5G network.
The alliance announcements, however, did not specify deal sizes.
Reliance Jio plans to deploy a 5G autonomous network that will interact with your 4G infrastructure. The network will enable Reliance Jio to provide advanced 5G services such as massive machine-to-machine communications, network slicing and ultra-low latency. Jio has also committed Rs 2 lakh crore for the phased pan-India 5G rollout in just 18 months. Jio is currently testing its True 5G network in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Varanasi.
What the agreements imply
Jio has entered into a long-term strategic 5G contract with Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson to launch 5G Standalone (SA) in India. Ericsson’s energy-efficient 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) products and solutions (from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio) and E-band microwave mobile transport solutions will be deployed on Jio’s 5G network.
Börje Ekholm, President and CEO of Ericsson, said: “India is building a world-class digital infrastructure that will drive innovation, job creation and entrepreneurship across the country. We are happy to partner with Jio on these ambitions, through Ericsson 5G Standalone connectivity, which will be a major catalyst in achieving these digital transformation goals across society, enterprise and industry.”
Finnish telecoms network equipment company Nokia will supply 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment from its AirScale portfolio, including base stations, high-capacity 5G Massive MIMO antennas and Remote Radio Heads (RRH) to support different spectrum bands and auto -organization of network software.
Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO of Nokia, said: “This ambitious project will introduce millions of people across India to premium 5G services, enabled by our industry-leading AirScale portfolio. We are proud that Reliance Jio has trusted our technology and We look forward to a long and productive partnership with them.”
For the record, Jio’s arch-rival Bharti Airtel has also signed multi-year 5G equipment supply agreements worth around US$2.5 billion (more than Rs 19,750 crore) with Ericsson, Nokia and South Korea’s Samsung.