Reliance Jio has claimed that it will be the first telecom operator to introduce 5G network to the citizens of India.
At the 44th annual general meeting, the company also made an announcement about the launch of the JioPhone Next, which will be one of the most affordable 4G phones.
The JioPhone Next will come with a custom Android version. This version has reportedly been co-developed by Jio and Google.
Jio To Be The First One To Launch 5G Network In India
Additionally, a test network has already proven that more than 1 Gbps can be delivered after the regulatory approval was given to Jio. Trial spectrum has also been given to Reliance Jio where 5G trials will be run on a site in Navi Mumbai.
Jio has claimed that it will be the first telecom operator to introduce 5G network to consumers. Also, the current 4G network should be able to update to the new generation network.
There is no news about the exact time frame of the launch of the 5G network.
Jio has reportedly acquired a spectrum in the 800 MHz, 1,800 MHz and 2,300 MHz bands in 22 circles across India. As per reports, the spectrum is licensed for 20 years at a cost of INR 573 billion ($7.7 billion). This will be paid over the next 18 years.
Jio Partners With Qualcomm To Build 5G Network Infrastructure
Also, Jio has partnered with Qualcomm to build its own 5G network infrastructure and virtualized Radio Access Network (RAN). Virtualized RAN enables a company’s 5G software to operate on conventional off-the-shelf servers as opposed to requiring exclusively-built dedicated servers.
This technology accelerates the process of rolling out a 5G network.
There also was news that the three leading telecom operators of India, Bharti Airtel Ltd., Reliance JioInfocomm Ltd., Vodafone Idea Ltd., and MTNL, are now in a conflict about the issuing of spectrum allocation which is for introducing the satellite communications (Satcom) in India.
These telcos have now joined hands with original equipment manufacturers and technology providers which include Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, and C-DOT. Also, Reliance Jio will also be conducting the trials with the help of its indigenous technology. In short, Chinese gear makers will not be included in the 5G trials.
As per reports, the DoT has allotted the experimental spectrum in various bands, which include the mid-band (3.2 GHz to 3.67 GHz), millimeter wave band (24.25 GHz to 28.5 GHz), and in Sub-Gigahertz band (700 GHz).