Jio 5G update: Telco completes connected robotics trial on its 5G network

Jio is working on developing 5 G-powered industry applications.

Highlights
  • Reliance Jio successfully trialed connected robotics on its own 5G network.
  • Jio conducted trials on 5G RAN and 5G SA networks.
  • Jio 5G robotics portfolio includes heavy lifting and logistics solutions to healthcare robots assisting medical staff.

Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio announced that the telecom operator has successfully conducted trials of connected robotics on its own 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) and 5G Standalone (SA) core network. Aayush Bhatnagar, Senior Vice President of Jio, shared the news on LinkedIn saying, “This underlines the true potential of 5G Standalone networks in realising real-life industrial use cases.” Bhatnagar said that the connected robotics trial on Jio’s homegrown 5G network will open “exciting opportunities” for value creation in industry 4.0.

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“Jio 5G Robotics has implemented a wide canvas of services – From heavy lifting and logistics at manufacturing warehouses to healthcare robots assisting medical staff – from remote ultrasound enablement to industrial automation,” said Bhatnagar in a LinkedIn post on Friday.

Jio claims to have its own indigenous 5G stack and plans to export it overseas after testing its competence on a pan-country level in India. Meanwhile, Airtel has been working on the 5 G-based solutions with Apollo Hospitals, Flipkart, and other manufacturing companies. In comparison, Vodafone Idea (VI) has partnered with Nokia and Ericcson to work on several 5 G-powered applications, including enhanced mobile broadband (emBB), ultra-reliable low latency communications (uRLLC), multi-access edge computing (MEC), and AR/VR.

Last month, the Department of Telecom (DoT) granted a six-month extension for 5G trials in India to telecom operators, including Jio, Airtel, and VI, upon their request. The telecom operators are currently conducting 5G trials in various parts of the country and have achieved tremendous results. However, the extension means that the 5G spectrum auction won’t happen anytime soon. So, 5G launch is still a long way to go in India.

5G trials began earlier this year in May and in June, Jio reported achieving speeds over 1Gbps during the trial. Airtel also reported achieving over 1Gbps peak speed during its 5G network trial. Meanwhile, VI claims to achieve a peak 5G speed of 3.7Gbps on the mmWave spectrum during the network trials in Pune.