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Jio 5G to be available from second half of 2021: Mukesh Ambani

RIL chief Mukesh Ambani asserted that 5G rollout will be powered by indigenous-developed network, hardware and technology components.
|| Rhythima Agrawal

Reliance Jio has announced that the company will roll-out 5G services in India in 2021, said Mukesh Ambani. The solution for fifth generation wireless service will be built indigenously, Ambani added.

Ambani, who was speaking at the fourth edition of India Mobile Congress, said the country requires policy developments for early implementation of 5G services.”I assure you that Jio will pioneer the 5G revolution in India in the second half of 2021. It will be powered by indigenous-developed network, hardware and technology components,” Ambani said.

While Reliance Jio has been talking about a 5G rollout as soon as spectrum is sold, rivals Bharti Airtel Ltd and Vodafone Idea Ltd believe that the technology is at least two years away as India does not the ecosystem and the reserve price for spectrum is expensive.

Ambani also requested the government to urgently work on policy steps needed to ensure that underprivileged people on 2G network shift to affordable smart phones so they too can reap benefits such as direct benefit transfer into their bank accounts, and actively participate in the digital economy. “As the digitalization of the Indian economy and Indian society picks up speed, the demand for digital hardware will grow enormously. India has developed world-class strengths in chip design. I clearly foresee India becoming a major hub for state-of-the-art semiconductor industry. When all the stakeholders work together, we can surely ensure that India’s success in hardware will match our success in software,” said Ambani.

In October, Jio Platforms Ltd announced that it is working with US-based Qualcomm Inc. to develop 5G solutions and accelerate efforts to bring the high-speed network to the world’s second largest mobile market by subscribers. He had said the ‘made in India’ solution will be ready for field deployment next year, and Jio will be able to easily upgrade its 4G network to 5G due to the telecom’s converged network infrastructure. Jio Platforms raised ₹1.52 trillion from investors such as Google Inc. and Facebook in just four months this year to achieve its digital goals. Qualcomm Ventures, the investment arm of Qualcomm Inc., has also invested ₹730 crores in Jio Platforms for a 0.15 % stake.

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