After bursting onto the telecom scene four years ago, Reliance Jio, India’s largest network provider, is eyeing for similar success at the dawn of the 5G era. Jio Platforms, a Reliance subsidiary that owns Jio, has successfully carried out 5G testing in India.
With Qualcomm’s help, Jio Platforms has created a native 5G RAN (Radio Access Network) product, capable of reaching speeds beyond 1Gbps.
Jio Platforms developed its 5G capabilities sourcing chips from Qualcomm. The American chip-maker also owns a 0.15% stake in the company.
As per Economic Times, Jio President Mathew Oommen revealed that the 5G technology has also been benchmarked by a top US carrier.
Reliance Jio’s 5G Formula For The Future
The latest announcement follows up from the RIL AGM 2020 event where Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani shed light on his plans for a “homegrown 5G”. During the event, he shared that Jio had finished developing its 5G network and was ready to go ahead with trials.
Although the Indian Government hasn’t allocated the 5G spectrum to telecom companies yet, Jio is now ready to pounce on the opportunity when it arrives, even as early as 2021.
The lightning-fast 1Gbps+ speeds that Jio’s 5G has achieved makes India one among the small group of countries to have crossed that mark. The other countries in this group are the USA, South Korea, Australia, Switzerland, and Germany.
To put this into perspective, you will be able to download an entire Netflix season of, say, 5 GB in about 6 seconds. That’s almost 50 times faster than the highest 4G LTE download speed available in India.
There’s no doubt that when India transitions from 4G to 5G, the internet will become incredibly fast. As Jio looks to capitalize on this impending upgrade, it will be interesting to see how its telecom rivals respond.