JIO 5G service has been planned to roll out in India in the second half of 2021, Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani revealed during his keynote at India Mobile Congress 2020 on Tuesday. The Indian billionaire said that the 5G service offered by JIO would be a “testimony” to the government’s Atma Nirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) policy. Apart from rolling out 5G in the country, JIO is in development of an affordable Android phone in collaboration with Google that is likely to debut in the coming months.
Ambani mentioned, “India is today among the best digitally connected nations in the world. In order to maintain this lead, policy steps are needed to accelerate the early rollout of 5G, and to make it affordable and available everywhere. I assure you that JIO will pioneer the 5G Revolution in India in the second half of 2021. It will be powered by the indigenous-developed network, hardware and technology components.”
He also added, “JIO’s 5G service will be a testimony to your inspiring vision of Atma Nirbhar Bharat. I can say with utmost confidence that 5G will enable India to not only participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution but also to lead it.”
JIO is working with companies including Samsung and Qualcomm for 5G Smart Phones. Ambani at the 43rd Annual General Meeting of Reliance Industries in July announced that JIO would start testing 5G network in the country as soon as the spectrum would be available.
At the Qualcomm 5G Summit in October, JIO further detailed its 5G plans and announced the development of its 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) that will help test the next-generation network at scale.
In addition to its 5G plans, JIO is currently working with Google to launch its entry-level 4G Android Smartphone. The new model is speculated to be launched sometime in the first quarter of next year with a price tag of around Rs. 4,000.
During his speech at the India Mobile Congress, Ambani urged the government to take policy steps for bringing affordable smartphones for the underprivileged people who are still on a 2G network.
JIO Platforms, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries that owns JIO network, attracted investments from various global companies in the past few months. The list of investors includes Google, Facebook, Intel Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, and Silver Lake Partners, among others. It rose as much as Rs. 152,056 crores by selling its 32.97 percent stake. Those investments are enabling the company to expand its digital presence in the country.
“JIO Platforms, with its family of over 20 startup partners, has built world-class capabilities in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data, machine learning, Internet of Things, block chain, etc,” Ambani said.
Also added, “We are creating compelling home-grown solutions in education, healthcare, agriculture, infrastructure, financial services, and new commerce.”
The launch of JIO 5G services will boost the development of the telecom sector making JIO the biggest Indian telecom company having a market share of over 35%.