To launch its 5G network in October, Reliance Jio will cooperate with Nokia and Ericsson

The agreement between Reliance Jio and telecom equipment manufacturer Ericsson to bring out its 5G network in Mumbai, Maharashtra, and Kolkata, West Bengal, in the first phase of its debut in October, is almost complete. According to people familiar with the situation, it is also choosing Nokia for the lucrative Delhi circle and Chennai, which encompasses Tamil Nadu.

Jio has never previously chosen to work with numerous suppliers. Amid intense rivalry from European and Chinese suppliers, it chose South Korean powerhouse Samsung to build out its complete 4G network.

According to information obtained, Jio is also in the last negotiations with Samsung for a portion of its 5G connection deployment, but the specific areas have not yet been disclosed. 

Reliance Jio said at its yearly public meeting that its standalone 5G network will debut in October, first in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. According to sources, Jio’s 5G network is anticipated to be available in nine to ten of the nation’s key cities by January 2019. The business has also stated that it plans to roll out 5G by the end of 2023 in every urban area.

With regard to 5G, it will split the deployment contract with others. Additionally, Samsung has acquired two Bharti regions — Punjab and Kolkata — that were formerly served by Chinese suppliers.

Vendors report that VIL has not yet signed any agreements for 5G. Only after it obtains more funding may it do so.

Airtel’s previous 4G partners, Ericsson and Nokia, have kept their 5G regions as well. Airtel’s networks will be implemented by Ericsson in 11 circles, as well as in Karnataka, which previously used Huawei for 4G.

According to Nokia’s announcement, it has secured 9 Airtel regions or 45% of the deal.

Besides China and the US, international manufacturers of telecom equipment anticipate that India will rank in the top three main countries and contribute to 15% of the worldwide 3.5 Ghz-based 5G radio network. This is based on their estimate that telecoms will be capable of covering the majority of the nation with 5G service over the next 2 years.