India telecom giant Reliance Jio has completed plans for the coverage of its 5G mobile network in 1000 cities. The operator has used 3D maps, heat maps, and ray-tracing technology for its commercial 5G coverage.
Jio has already been running 5G trials on advanced use cases across Healthcare and Industrial Automation targeting high-consumption and high-perception locations. The strategy is now to launch the network to the general public.
“Jio’s 5G coverage planning has been completed in top 1000 cities based on targeted customer consumption and revenue potential using heat maps, 3D maps, and ray tracing technology,” the company said in a statement.
The company’s fifth-gen cellular broadband ambition is also boosted by the highest number of frequencies it has acquired. At the recently held 5G spectrum auction in India, the Mukesh-Ambani-led telco bagged 24.740 GHz spectrums worth Rs 88,078 crores.
Most importantly, Jio bagged 10 MHz of the 700 MHz low-band frequencies which will offer an excellent combination of speed and coverage.
Already a leader on 4G, Jio wants to lead the 5G race right from the start, and beginning the 5G network in 1000 cities could do the trick for the telecom heavyweight of India. Kiran Thomas, the President of Reliance Industries has stated that the company has identified nine particular locations for the 5G rollout. These are likely to be Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, etc.
Similarly, the company has joined hands with Alphabet Inc’s Google for Cloud Solutions to enhance the internet network. It has also signed an agreement with the University of Oulu (Finland) for study and research on the next-gent cellular standard, 6G.
The company will launch 5G in both urban and rural settlements as mandated by DoT to narrow the digital divide. The telco serves over 440 million subscribers and with a 5G launch, the number could hit further grounds soon.
Jio could now switch on its advanced 5G network in October or even before that considering the competition. Especially, its immediate telecom competitor Airtel has announced to begin 5G in August. So, we could see Jio expediting its own plans to kickstart the launch of the revolutionary broadband service in 22 circles as per the plan.
As India embarks on the 5G road, Nepal has also geared up for its own. As per reports, the state-owned operator NTC could start testing 5G in mid-band 2600 MHz by the end of 2022.
5G is arriving in South Asian nations while East Asian neighbors are thriving on it. Do you believe that the remaining states should wait for a better 5G implementation or go ahead with the technology? You can offer your input in our comments section below.