India’s Reliance Jio selects Nokia as its 5G equipment supplier | Techno Glob

BENGALURU (Reuters) – Indian telecom provider Reliance Jio has selected Nokia as its primary supplier, the Finnish telecom equipment maker said on Monday, as India’s largest mobile operator prepares to roll out next-generation wireless services across the country.

Nokia will provide 5G radio access network (RAN) equipment to Reliance Jio, which has more than 420 million customers, in a multi-year deal, the company said in a statement.

“Nokia will provide equipment from its AirScale portfolio, including base stations, high-capacity 5G Massive MIMO antennas and Remote Radio Heads to support different spectrum bands, and self-organizing networking software,” it said.

In India, 5G data speeds are expected to be around 10 times faster than 4G, a network critical to emerging technologies such as self-driving cars and artificial intelligence.

Reliance won $11 billion of airwaves in a $19 billion 5G spectrum auction in August and rolled out 5G services in select cities. It is also working with Alphabet Inc’s Google to launch a budget 5G smartphone.

As Indian telecom providers roll out 5G services, the government is also pushing most mobile phone makers like Apple Inc, Samsung and others to prioritize software updates for 5G support as most of their models are not ready for the update. high speed service.

The Reliance-Nokia deal comes at a time when some governments, including India, have banned or banned China’s Huawei from national networks.

Reliance Jio Chairman Akash Ambani said, “Jio is committed to continuously investing in the latest network technologies to enhance the experience of all its customers.”

Meanwhile, Reliance Jio plans to raise an additional $1.5 billion through external commercial debt to fund its 5G capital expenditure plans, the Economic Times reported, citing sources.

(Reporting by Nalur Sethuraman in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D’Souza)

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