New Delhi: European telecoms equipment makers Ericsson and Nokia separately on Monday announced contracts with India’s largest telecom operator Reliance Jio to build a massive 5G network. The announcements — which did not disclose deal sizes — came amid major network deployments across the country for 5G services, the next-generation technology that promises blazing-fast internet speeds, lag-free connectivity and new-age applications. Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson has announced a long-term strategic 5G contract with Reliance Jio to launch a standalone (SA) 5G network in the country.
Ericsson’s energy-efficient 5G wireless access network products and solutions from Ericsson Radio System and E-band microwave mobile transport solutions will be deployed in Jio’s 5G network, the equipment company said in a statement.
All products and solutions are deployed on newly built 5G SA networks, designed to maximize the benefits of 5G for telecom service providers and their customers, whether individual subscribers or enterprise and industry customers. This is the first partnership between Jio and Ericsson to roll out the wireless access network in the country, according to a statement.
Akash Ambani, President of Reliance Jio, said, “We are confident that Jio’s 5G network will accelerate India’s digitalization and serve as the foundation for realizing our nation’s ‘Digital India’ vision.”
The release said Jio’s standalone 5G network deployment represents a “technological leap” as it modernizes the network infrastructure to deliver a truly transformative 5G experience for consumers and businesses.
Borg Ekholm, President and CEO of Ericsson, noted that India is building a world-class digital infrastructure that will drive innovation, job creation and entrepreneurship across the country.
“We are delighted to partner with Jio on these ambitions, through Ericsson 5G Standalone connectivity, which will be a key catalyst in achieving digital transformation goals across society, enterprise and industry,” said Ekholm.
Separately, Finland’s Nokia said it won a multi-year deal from Reliance Jio to build one of the world’s largest 5G networks.
Under the contract, Nokia will supply equipment from its AirScale suite, including base stations, high-capacity 5G MIMO (multiple-input-multiple-output) antennas, Remote Radio Heads (RRH) to support various spectrum bands, and self-organizing network software.
Reliance Jio is planning to deploy a standalone 5G network which will work with its own 4G network. The network will enable Jio to deliver advanced 5G services such as massive machine-to-machine communications, network segmentation, and ultra-low latency.
“Nokia today announced that it has been selected as a primary supplier by Reliance Jio to supply 5G Wireless Access Network (RAN) equipment from its comprehensive AirScale portfolio across the country in a multi-year deal,” the company said in a statement.
Jio’s Akash Ambani was quoted as saying at “Jio is committed to continually investing in the latest network technologies to enhance the experience of all its customers. We are confident that our partnership with Nokia will deliver one of the most advanced 5G networks globally.” Nokia statement.
Nokia President and CEO Pekka Lundmark described the deal as an “important win” in an important market.
“This ambitious project will expose millions of people across India to premium 5G services, enabled by our industry-leading AirScale portfolio. We are proud that Reliance Jio has placed its faith in our technology and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with them,” Lundmark said.
Nokia has a long standing presence in India. Through this deal, Nokia will be a supplier to the three largest mobile operators in India.
Earlier this month, Jio announced that it will start beta 5G services in four cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Varanasi from October 5 with a select group of customers.
Meanwhile, major mobile phone makers including Apple and Samsung have said they will upgrade the software for their 5G-enabled phones in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 1 launched 5G services to great fanfare, with leading telcos Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio outlining plans to roll out services to a few select cities.
But most users in those select cities have yet to get seamless 5G services, which has led to a blame game — telecom operators blame delays in smartphone companies pushing required software patches over the air, and phone manufacturers cite patchy infrastructure.
With 5G technology not only enabling faster internet but also holding promises of rapid economic progress and enhanced job creation, the government wants companies to crack now. And many companies are starting to backtrack — smartphone gamers have stuck to specific software upgrade schedules for their 5G phones.
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