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Reliance Jio 5G Trails Begins In Mumbai, Competes With Bharti Airtel

Wednesday, 16 June 2021, 04:53 Hrs

Reliance Industries is led by Mukesh Ambani. Jio has begun 5G trials in Mumbai as it races with competitor Bharti Airtel to be the first in India to offer the mobile technology. While Jio's trials in Mumbai are conducted using locally built technology, the company has partnered with multinational suppliers such as Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung to conduct testing in Delhi, Pune, and Gujarat. According to a source, there are a lot of data loads.

Airtel, Jio, and Vodafone Idea were each given 700 megahertz (MHz), 3.2-3.6 gigahertz (GHz), and 24.25-28.5 gigahertz (GHz) trial spectrum by the Department of Telecommunications in May to create India-specific use-cases. According to a source, Jio is using a standalone 5G architecture for its trials, which will include evaluating the core and radio networks for peak speed, latency, and data loads.

Trials in other cities is expected commence soon and would need to be completed in six months, according to the spectrum licence conditions.

Last year, the Mukesh Ambani-led major had collaborated with Qualcomm to develop open and interoperable interface-compliant. 5G solutions and had achieved 1 gigabits per second (Gbps) download speed during the trails.

Industry sources reveal that Airtel too has begun the testing 5G trials in Gurugram in association with communication service provider Ericsson. The tests demonstrated a throughput of over 1 Gbps during the live trial.

On new postpaid fibre plans, Reliance Jio has launched its postpaid fibre plans for broadband internet with zero upfront entry cost. The plans is expected to be priced upwards of Rs 399 and are available with 6-12 month options. Customers would get a set-top box and up to 15 paid over-the-top applications on plans priced Rs 999 and above.