Jio better positioned to lead Indian 5G market, says GlobalData

Following the news that India-based Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd has launched 5G services in 50 additional cities, bringing its total to 184 cities across India, as of January 2023;

Shri Charan Padala, Principal Analyst in the Thematic Intelligence team at GlobalData, offers his view:

“Reliance Jio has reportedly earmarked $25 billion for 5G services rollout, making it the largest 5G investment in India. One of the key factors that set the company apart from its competitors is its advanced frequency utilization strategy. The telecom giant has purchased 5G spectrum in all the main frequency bands, including 700MHz (n28), 800MHz (n5), 1800MHz (n3), 3300MHz (n78), and the premium mmWave 26GHz (n258) bands. Of these, the 700MHz band is particularly noteworthy as it allows Jio to penetrate rural areas in India and offer low-cost 5G services to the masses.

“Jio has taken several measures to reduce potential interference issues with its 5G services, including the use of Beamforming, Beam tracking, Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM) technology, and the deployment of multiple antennas for each base station. With these measures in place, Jio is poised to become a dominant force in the Indian 5G market. With its advanced infrastructure and technology, Jio has the capability to offer incredibly fast speeds up to 600 megabits per second and ultra-low latency.

“This enables the use of applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality, virtual reality, and autonomous driving, which are set to become increasingly important soon. As such, Jio is well-positioned to capitalize on the growing demand for these connected innovative services in India.

“Jio has partnered with the University of Oulu to fast-track its research and development in 6G technology. The Indian Department of Telecommunications (DoT) estimates that 6G could be launched as early as 2029-2030 in India, and Jio’s partnership with the University of Oulu positions the company as a key player in the telecommunications industry, not just in India, but on the global stage.

“Jio’s significant investment and advanced frequency utilization strategy positions it as a leader in the Indian 5G market. However, it remains to be seen whether these efforts will pay off in terms of consumer adoption. Despite this uncertainty, Jio’s ambitious plans for 5G and 6G technologies have put India on the global map for advanced communications.”