India’s largest telecom operator, Reliance Jio Infocomm, announced at its annual meeting on Monday that it will launch 5G services in major cities on Diwali in October. The company, which has amassed more than 421 million subscribers, said it would expand its 5G network to “every town” in India by the end of 2023.
Reliance Industries’ Mukesh Ambani said Jio is building a standalone 5G architecture that will use carrier aggregation technology to deliver high-speed internet services. The company also plans to launch a broadband service called AirFiber. This is a wireless plug-and-play 5G hotspot that doesn’t require fiber optic cables to reach your home.
“Jio has developed the JioAirFiber home gateway, a wireless and simple single-device solution that creates a Wi-Fi hotspot in your home and uses True 5G to connect to ultra-fast internet. The device JioAirFiber allows you to quickly and easily connect your home or office to gigabit speed internet.The simplicity of JioAirFiber allows you to connect hundreds of millions of homes and offices to super-fast broadband in a very short time. This will also allow India to rank among the top 10 countries for fixed broadband,” the company said.
The announcement follows Ambani heavyweight Jio, which counts Google and Meta as backers. Make the most aggressive bids to acquire 5G spectrum with spending of $11.13 billion.
The company is working with Meta, Google, Microsoft, Intel, and Qualcomm to expand joint collaborations, Ambani said.
Jio Platforms is looking to offer a range of sophisticated services, such as watching a live cricket match on camera at the same time, the company said. Viacom18 — a venture between Ambani’s Reliance and Paramount — has won streaming rights to India’s Premier League cricket tournament in the Indian subcontinent region in a recent $3 billion auction, beating out rivals, including Disney. The company is also exploring his 5G applications in virtual reality, augmented reality, healthcare and agriculture, Ambani said.
Reliance is also getting into the cloud PC business with a service called Jio Cloud PC, said Ambani. “Users only pay for what they use, with no up-front investment or tension of periodic upgrades. As a result, we bring the power of one PC or even multiple PCs to every home and business in India.” It gives us a very affordable way to do business,” the company said.
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