“We are in serious talks with some global operators,” an executive told AT on condition of anonymity.
He said the Jio campus and other Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) offices are successfully running 5G stacks. The 5G stack, which is a complete end-to-end solution, will also be used in Jio’s 5G network deployment.
The company doesn’t seem interested in working with state-owned BSNL for a 5G solution.
Jio Platforms has developed a 5G solution consisting of 5G radio, complete 5G core network, cloud infrastructure deployment, as well as cloud operation support system (OSS) platforms.
“The commercial deployment of 5G services across the country will be implemented through a combination of network equipment from global firms such as Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and its local solution,” the executive said.
Reliance Jio will launch 5G services in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata before Diwali. The company will cover the entire country with 5G by the end of 2023.
Jio is the only operator in India that plans to roll out its 5G network in stand-alone (SA) mode, where all infrastructure such as cell sites carry only 5G signals. Most other operators, including Bharti Airtel, are launching 5G in non-autonomous (NSA) mode, leveraging existing 4G infrastructure such as the 3300 MHz band and mid-band spectrum (1800 MHz, 2100 MHz bands) to offer 5G speeds. .
A Jio executive said that the true benefits of 5G can only be achieved in SA mode. Since Jio is rolling out 5G in SA mode, its investments are higher compared to others, but the return on investment will also be higher in the future. “Reliance’s philosophy is that you have to have the best infrastructure. In 2016, when we launched 4G using VoLTE, no other telco in the world had done it. But we invested in the technology and soon the device ecosystem was developed. The network is the best to offer telecom services. it should be good,” said the leader.
Operators around the world have started rolling out 5G in SA mode, the executive said. For example, Singtel, one of Bharti Airtel’s promoters, launched its 5G SA network in Singapore last year.
In the recently concluded 5G spectrum auction, Jio bought the highest amount of 24,470 MHz spectrum for Rs 88,078 crore. It is the only company to acquire the efficient but expensive 700 MHz spectrum, shelling out Rs 39,270 crore. The combination of spectrum will enable Jio to offer 5G services in SA mode.
RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani noted that Jio has acquired the largest and most appropriate mix of wireless spectrum for 5G, giving the company a distinct competitive advantage over its rivals.
At the company’s annual general meeting in August, Ambani said Jio could combine these frequencies into one powerful “data highway”.