Jio Begins 5G Testing in Mumbai Utilizing Home Developed Gadgets, Telecom Information, ET Telecom
NEW DELHI: Reliance Jio, the telecommunications company run by Mukesh Ambani, has also turned on its 5G field test network with its own in-country developed 5G equipment and technology in Mumbai. The company is working with other vendors like Samsung, Ericsson and Nokia to launch 5G tests in other cities in the coming days, sources familiar with the matter told ET.
“The network went live quickly after receiving a test spectrum from the DoT. We use both medium and millimeter wave bands with their own architecture for 5G tests in Mumbai, ”said a senior executive on condition of anonymity.
The person said the 5G equipment was made in India with the help of local partners.
“Unlike competitors, our 5G test is much larger in terms of the locations deployed in Mumbai. We will start processes in other cities and areas soon, ”added the person.
Jio had applied for trials in Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat and Hyderabad.
A request sent to Jio resulted in no response.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) recently allocated Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea (Vi) 5G test spectrum in the 700 MHz, 3.5 GHz and 26 GHz bands for India-relevant next-generation fast wireless broadband use cases to develop technology.
Jio’s rival Bharti Airtel also switched on its 5G test network in Gurgaon’s Cyber Hub in Millennium City in collaboration with the Swedish equipment manufacturer Ericsson. The Airtel site works in the 3500 MHz band and delivers a throughput of over 1 Gbit / s.
Airtel has been assigned 5G test spectrum in Delhi / NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru.
The allocation of the 5G test spectrum is particularly important for Jio and Airtel, who already have 5G-capable networks and recently topped up on crucial ethers in the latest auction in order to cope with the increase in data usage amid Covid and also to be future-proof do 5G rollouts.
Jio has already developed an end-to-end 5G stack that includes 5G radio and core network solutions. RIL announced that the telecommunications company has already completed the tests of its 5G radio and core solution, which will now enable a self-sufficient and cost-effective rollout.
Jio Platforms is also working with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to standardize 5G device configurations.
Reliance Jio’s parent company, Jio Platforms, recently announced that it has partnered with US chipmaker Qualcomm Technologies for local manufacturing of “critical devices” to catalyze India’s 5G ecosystem.
Both companies have previously teamed up to develop 5G solutions based on an “open and interoperable” interface-compliant architecture with a virtualized RAN, and last year achieved a milestone of over 1 Gbit / s with the chip manufacturer’s 5G RAN platforms of the Jio 5GNR solution.
The Telecommunications Department recently asked Indian telecommunications companies to conduct trials in rural, semi-urban and urban settings so that the benefits of 5G technology would spread across the country rather than just being limited to urban areas.
With 5G tests, the DoT wants to test various use cases such as telemedicine, tele-education, augmented / virtual reality and drone-based agricultural monitoring.