New Delhi, Jul 15, 2020: India’s leading company Reliance Industries said that its telecom unit Jio has built a Made-in-India 5G solution that can be ready for field deployment next year and has teamed up with Google for developing affordable smartphones.
Asserting Jio’s move to make India free of 2G, RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani emphasized on the need to accelerate the migration of 350 million Indians 2G phone users to an affordable smartphone, at a time when India stands at the doorsteps of the 5G era.
At Reliance 43rd AGM, Mukesh Ambani said, “There are many feature phone users who are waiting to upgrade to a conventional smartphone, if only it was somehow more affordable. So, we have decided to address this challenge head-on. We believe we can design entry-level 4G or even 5G smartphone for a fraction of its current cost”.
However, powering such a smartphone, would require value-engineered smartphone operating system, one that is designed with India in mind, he emphasised.
“Through this partnership, we are confident that we can accelerate the national mission of putting a smart device in the hands of every Indian. As India is standing at the doorsteps of the 5G era, we should accelerate the migration of 350 million Indians, who currently use a 2G feature phone, to an affordable smartphone,” he said.
They should not be deprived of the benefits of the digital and data revolution, he added.
Outlining the company’s 5G plans, Ambani said that Jio has designed and developed a complete 5G solution from scratch and that once this 5G solution is proven at the India scale, Jio Platforms will be well-positioned to export it to other operators globally too, as a complete managed services.
“In the next three years, I can see a strong path for Jio to connect over half a billion mobile customers, over a billion smart sensors, and over 50 million homes and business establishments,” Ambani said.
Jio’s 4G and fiber networks are powered by core software technology and components developed by Jio engineers in India, he said.
This capability and know-how positions Jio at the cutting-edge of the exciting frontier of 5G technology.
“I have great pride in announcing that Jio has designed and developed a complete 5G solution from scratch. This will enable us to launch a world-class 5G service in India using a 100 percent homegrown technology and solution,” he said.
This Made-in-India 5G solution will be ready for trials as soon as 5G spectrum is available, and can be ready for field deployment next year.
“Because of Jio’s converged all-IP network architecture, we can easily upgrade our 4G network, to 5G,” he said.
Once Jio’s 5G solution is proven at the India scale, Jio Platforms will be well-positioned to be an exporter of 5G solutions to other telcos globally.
“Jio platform is conceived with this vision of developing original, captive Intellectual Property, using which we can demonstrate the transformative power of tech across multiple industry ecosystems. First, in India and then confidently offering these Made-in-India solutions to the rest of the world,” he said.