Reliance Jio Enables 5G in Two New Cities, Launches 5G Wi-Fi | Techno Glob


Last month, Reliance Jio Infocomm chose Ericsson and Nokia to roll out 5G in India.

Indian operator Reliance Jio Infocomm has launched 5G services in two new cities in the country, local media reported.

The telco said 5G has already been launched in Chennai and Nathdwara. These new cities join the existing four cities that have already launched beta testing of 5G technologies.

“5G cannot remain an exclusive service to the privileged few or our major cities. It should be available to every citizen, every home and every business across India. We have launched the first True5G enabled Wi-Fi service in the holy city of Nathdwara and Lord Srinathji’s temple,” said Reliance Jio Infocomm Chairman Akash Ambani.

The Indian operator also said it has launched 5G-enabled Wi-Fi services in high-traffic areas such as educational institutes, places of worship, railway stations, bus stations and shopping malls.

Earlier this month, Reliance Jio Infocomm announced the start of beta testing of its 5G services in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Varanasi. “The beta testing service for other cities will be announced gradually as cities prepare. Users will continue to benefit from this trial until the city’s network coverage is substantially completed to ensure the best coverage and user experience for every customer,” the operator said in a statement.

Last month, Reliance Jio Infocomm announced 5G deals with Nordic vendors Ericsson and Nokia. The deal with Ericsson marks the first partnership between Jio and Ericsson to roll out radio access in the country.

In a release, Ericsson said its energy-efficient 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) products and solutions and E-band microwave mobile transport solutions will be deployed on Jio’s 5G network.

In a separate release, Nokia said it has been selected by Reliance Jio as the primary supplier for the countrywide supply of 5G Radio Access Network equipment from its AirScale portfolio in a multi-year deal.

Reliance Jio, India’s largest operator by subscriber, previously secured a mix of wireless spectrum for 5G in the 700 MHz, 3.5 GHz and 26 GHz bands. Jio is the only operator with 700 MHz low band spectrum.

Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi officially announced the start of the 5G era in the country as part of the Indian Mobile Congress event on October 1.

Over 200 Indian cities are expected to get 5G services in the next six months, and 5G services could be available in 80-90% of the country in the next 2 years.



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