Jio’s 5G LTE network will begin rolling out from Diwali in October this year. Reliance confirmed the 5G rollout date during its Annual General Meeting (AGM). It also plans to bring more affordable 5G phones to the market in partnership with Google.
The company clarified that 5G would be available in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai sometime in October this year. The exact date is not yet official. Jio also said that 5G will roll out nationwide by December 2023.
Jio 5G will use standalone 5G instead of non-standalone 5G, which depends on 4G to provide connectivity. This will result in faster connectivity speed and reduced latency. Ambani also said during the speech that the aim is not to keep 5G out of the reach of the masses. He said that 5G connectivity would not be limited to just the privileged, and the expectation is that 5G could be more affordable from Jio.
He pointed out that Jio will have ‘proper’ 5G connectivity given its SA 5G network. In addition to the 3500 MHz mid-band, which is globally earmarked for 5G, and the 26 GHz millimeter-wave band for ultra-high capacity, only Jio has the 700 MHz low-band spectrum, which is essential for deep indoor coverage. Jio can seamlessly combine these frequencies into a single mighty data highway using an advanced technology called Carrier Aggregation.
Reliance Industries Limited chairman Mukesh Ambani said he had committed more than Rs 2 lakh crore to the rollout of 5G. The government issued spectrum assignment letters a few days ago, which means telecom providers can start rolling out 5G as soon as they are ready.