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Jio lobbies for a head start on its 5G network

Flush with mountains of fresh investment, Indian telco Reliance Jio has unveiled its greenfield 5G plans and wants spectrum for it ASAP.

Last week CEO Mukesh Ambani revealed Jio has developed a 5G solution ‘from scratch’, implying it wasn’t relying on anyone else for any part of it. He also said it would be available to trial just as soon as the Indian government makes the requisite spectrum available. You can see the announcement in the video below.

Now, according to a Business Standard report, Jio has applied for 800 MHz of mmWave spectrum and 100 MHz of 3.5 GHz band from the Indian Department of Telecoms. As other Indian media have noted, this request comes despite there being no sign of official 5G spectrum auctions in India, so it seems Jio is once more looking for special treatment from the Indian state.

The regulatory environment for Jio has been incredibly benign for its entire existence, from being given a special national license to the crippling historical license fees being imposed on its competitors. As a result Jio now fancies itself as the world’s first ‘super operator’ and it seems to have the full backing of the Indian state in that ambition.

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5 comments

  1. Avatar Bhushan Kohli 21/07/2020 @ 3:14 pm

    I will heartily welcome the approval Indian government gives to jio, it will also show that it supports the the own people to do some innovation I am sure if someone reads my views he will try to do such thing at his own heart.

  2. Avatar Madhu Sudan Sharma 22/07/2020 @ 3:25 am

    What is wrong if in special treatment one Indian company develops and is first one in world . Can’t understand why it is imperative for some to raise questions in anything which heralds India into forefront of technology. Be it Reliance or any other even a small company , if they develop something new, should not only be encouraged bu should be given special treatment. The only India can establish itself as a leader in world. It is not necessary to follow only others I everything and be contented.

    • Avatar Partha Pratim Dutta 22/07/2020 @ 2:42 pm

      I agree with you. A company which is taking India ahead must be given some importance. There is nothing wrong in it.

  3. Avatar Farrokh 22/07/2020 @ 3:48 am

    I fail to understand how this company expects and gets preferential treatment from the government ! Aren’t the other service providers Indian as well ? So why then any special treatment to Jio? Is it because of the proximity to the PM, he being from the same state as Mr Ambani ?

  4. Avatar Ramachandran 22/07/2020 @ 1:26 pm

    Why attribute unwanted motives of special treatment? What prevents other companies approaching government if they have technology and are capable of running 5g network? We should encourage indian companies in all ways.

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