During the Reliance Industries Limited’s (RIL) 43rd Annual General Meeting, India has got its ambitious plunge on Jio 5G. Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industry Limited, Mr. Mukesh Ambani utilised this platform to make a whole host of announcements centred around Reliance Jio, one of RIL’s subsidiaries. Reliance is perhaps the fastest growing network in the country which has grown to occupy the title as the largest mobile network in India with around 367 million active users surpassing Airtel India.
Reliance Industries have just assumed significant investments from the industries like Facebook, Intel, Qualcomm, Google, and others in the past few months, and now, the company has set its eyes on the impending 5G push in India.
5G is receiving a lot of attraction around the world, and the push by Reliance Jio 5G was an indispensable move for India as now they do not only play deploy the 5G system but also leads to the development of Jio 5G network. According to the network testing provider VIAVI, as of January this year, 5G networks were available only in 378 cities across 34 countries. According to certain review this 5G system is still in its nascent stage. As of that time, South Korea led the way with coverage in 85 cities, China followed with 5G networks in 57 cities, US with 50 5G ready cities and UK already has more than 31 cities with 5G mobile networks.
What is 5G, Jio 5G and how different is it from 4G?
According to Qualcomm, 5G is a unified, more capable air interface. It has been designed with an extended capacity to enable next-generation user experiences, empower new deployment models and deliver new services. With high speeds, superior reliability and negligible latency, 5G will expand the mobile ecosystem into new realms. 5G will impact every industry, making safer transportation, remote healthcare, precision agriculture, digitized logistics — and more — a reality.
5G can also natively support all spectrum types (licensed, shared, unlicensed) and bands (low, mid, high), a wide range of deployment models (from traditional macro-cells to hotspots), and new ways to interconnect (such as device-to-device and multi-hop mesh). 5G is also designed to get the most out of every bit of spectrum across a wide array of available spectrum regulatory paradigms and bands—from low bands below 1 GHz, to mid bands from 1 GHz to 6 GHz, to high bands known as millimeter wave (mmWave).
5G can be significantly faster than 4G, delivering up to 20 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) peak data rates and 100+ Megabits-per-second (Mbps) average data rates. 5G is designed to support a 100x increase in traffic capacity and network efficiency.1 5G has significantly lower latency to deliver more instantaneous, real-time access: a 10x decrease in end-to-end latency down to 1ms.
Jio 5G announcement
With Jio 5G aiming to proceed its ambitious status in India’s data revolution, Mr. Mukesh Ambani has mentioned, “Jio has designed and developed a complete 5G solution from scratch“. Further, this solution will be ready for trials as soon as the 5G spectrum is available in India. And if this spectrum allocation happens soon enough, Jio 5G will also be ready for field deployment next year. Jio has designed and developed a complete 5G solution from scratch. It will be ready for trials as soon as 5G spectrum is available and can be ready for field deployment next year.”
Reliance Jio 5G states that it is creating a 5G mobile network solution from the scratch, which will help Jio to eliminate the dependency of third party companies and vendors including Huawei.
When will Jio 5G launch?
It is expected that 5G network solution will be ready for testing sometime next year. There are plans to export this home-grown solution to mobile networks globally. The investment by technology giant Qualcomm could give Reliance Jio the technological advantage in the push for a new 5G mobile network solution. “Jio has designed and developed a complete 5G solution from scratch. It will be ready for trials as soon as 5G spectrum is available and can be ready for field deployment next year,” says Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries.
Does your device support 5G?
As of now not a lot of device support 5G. Also Mr. Ambani stated that, ““As India is standing at the doorsteps of the 5G era, we should accelerate the migration of 350 million Indians, who currently use a 2G feature phone, to an affordable smart phone”, with a proposal of smartphone upgrade at a cheaper price.
How challenging could this be?
Now that’s should be a completely different segment, Reliance Jio 4G is still criticised for its poor performance. How much could Jio 5G tackle this situation is completely another topic of discussion. As of now, Reliance has made its first move, we will have to wait for the results, also things are extremely challenging during the COVID-19 Pandemic.