- Mukesh Ambani has made a few significant announcements regarding Jio 5G during Reliance Annual General Meeting (AGM)
- Reliance is confident that Jio will be the first company to launch 5G services in India
- Jio 5G has achieved a speed of 1Gbps during trials on Reliance’s made in India Jio 5G solution
Jio, Airtel, and Vi all have been gearing up to launch 5G services in India. Airtel has started a trial network in Mumbai, whereas Jio seems to have its 5G infrastructure ready. The latter made a few significant announcements related to Jio 5G, during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2021. The company spoke at length about Jio 5G infrastructure, Jio 5G speed, Jio 5G trials, and applications of Jio 5G in various sectors of the economy. It also shared some details regarding the Jio 5G launch in India. Here’s a quick roundup of everything we know so far, including Jio 5G launch plans, speed, Jio 5G phone, and more.
Jio 5G launch in India
Jio is yet to announce the exact Jio 5G launch in India, but its chairman Mukesh Ambani is confident that it would be the first in the race, leaving behind Airtel and Vi. Ambani at the Reliance AGM 2021 announced that it’ll announce a full-fledged 5G services in the country. According to him, Jio’s future-proof network is uniquely positioned to quickly and seamlessly upgrade from 4G to 5G.
Jio 5G phone
What about the affordable Jio 5G smartphone that everyone has been waiting for? Well, the company didn’t share any substantial information at the AGM 2021. It, however, did reveal a few details about Jio 5G devices. Jio claims that it’s working with leading global partners to develop a full range of 5G capable devices. The Jio 5G phone is rumoured to be priced under Rs 5,000, making it the cheapest 5G phone yet. That’s all the information we can divulge at the moment.
Jio 5G speed
The early trials conducted by the company suggests that the Jio 5G speed will be “well in excess of 1Gbps.” However, the speed may vary in real life when the network is officially launched in the country. The company claims that it has received regulatory approvals and trial spectrum for 5G field trials in the country. Additionally, per Mukesh Ambani, Jio 5G Standalone Network has been installed at the company’s data centres across India and 5G trial sites in Navi Mumbai. It’s said to be 100 percent homegrown, with a comprehensive 5G solution developed by Jio.
We presume that the company has an indigenous 5G infrastructure rather than depending on Nokia and Ericsson. Ambani adds that the company’s made in India 5G solution is “comprehensive, complete, globally competitive.” The company also says that once the Jio 5G made in India solution is proven in the Indian market, the company aims to export Jio 5G solution to other telecom operators across the world.
Jio 5G applications/ solutions
That brings us to applications of the Jio 5G in India. According to Mukesh Ambani, Jio 5G technology is well-positioned to create compelling applications for consumers and enterprises spanning healthcare, education, retail, and other key verticals of the economy. The company has announced that the Jio 5G will be implemented in ambulances and telemedicine services at HNRF Hospital. Coming to the application of Jio 5G in education, Mukesh Ambani says that it will be implemented in Reliance Foundation Schools for “immersive and interactive AR/VR content.”
Jio 5G partnership with Google Cloud
Last but not the least, Reliance has announced a partnership with Google for Jio 5G. While the exact details about this partnership are still unknown, what we have gathered is that Reliance will be shifting its core retail business to Google Cloud infrastructure. According to a press release published by Google, “They (Reliance Jio) will be able to take advantage of Google’s AI and machine learning, e-commerce, and demand forecasting offerings. Harnessing the reliability and performance of Google Cloud will enable these businesses to scale up as needed to respond to customer demand.”