Jio awards Nokia a multi-year 5G deployment contract

On Monday, Reliance Jio announced a multi-year equipment deal with Finnish telecom equipment manufacturer Nokia for its 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) technology.

As part of the agreement, Nokia will provide base stations, high-capacity 5G Massive MIMO antennas, Remote Radio Heads (RRH) that handle several frequency bands, as well as self-organizing network software.

The leading telecommunications company in India is building a 5G Standalone (SA) network, enabling it to provide advanced 5G services like extensive machine-to-machine communication, network slicing, and extremely low latency.

In a related declaration, Ericsson, a Swedish competitor of Nokia, announced that it will provide Jio with its E-band microwave mobile transport solution and 5G RAN products and solutions.

For the rollout of its 5G network, Jio is reportedly collaborating with Cisco, a US networking equipment manufacturer, and Samsung. The telco previously received 4G equipment from Samsung.

In four major cities—Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Varanasi—the telco has already begun offering its “True 5G” beta service. By December 2023, Jio wants to provide 5G service in every town, taluka, and tehsil.