In a first, Reliance Jio seeks centre’s nod for 5G trials across country
Mukesh Ambani-headed Reliance Jio has become the first telecom company in India to seek government permission to undertake 5G trials using its own technology and design.
Sources reveal that if the trial was successful, the design and technology for equipment could be outsourced for manufacturing to third-party players. It would also reduce its dependence on Samsung, which was earlier Jio’s sole equipment supplier for 4G technology.
The launch of 5G-enabled technologies would be transformative in the telco and other industries by unlocking various disruptive new technologies and the global investment in the 5G industrial chain over 2020-2035 is likely to reach $3.5 trillion.
Reliance Jio’s initiatives are in accordance with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) August 2018 recommendations that pushed for local designing and manufacturing of telecom network equipment for promoting local telecom equipment manufacturing.
Apart from Jio, three global telecom service providers, Huawei Technologies, Ericsson, and Nokia Networks, are also vying to cash in on India's 5G plan.