Reliance Jio Develops In-House 5G Tech To Reduce Dependency
Reliance Jio was using technologies developed by Nokia and Oracle for driving its 4G voice services has now replaced those with its own in-house developed technologies, reducing the dependency on foreign vendors.
In a major boost for the Make in India initiative of the Government of India, Mukesh Ambani led telco Reliance Jio has developed its own 4G and 5G end-to-end gear, becoming probably the first mobile phone company globally to develop in-house technology for replacing third-party equipment vendors, reports Economic Times.
Reliance Jio has already reached out to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for its permission to conduct 5G trials based on its own technology. The company had also recently presented to DoT an explanation of the technology developed by it and its possible use cases.
Having developed end-to-end 5G technology, Jio would be able to use it for security and surveillance using drones, industrial Internet of Things and digitisation in the agriculture sector.
The company’s move towards conducting 5G trials on its own technology comes even as it had previously also applied for carrying out trials in partnerships with European vendors Nokia and Ericsson, China-based Huawei and South Korean giant Samsung.
Rancore Technologies, earlier a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, was merged with Jio and the acquisition of Radisys further builds upon its 5G and IoT technology capability.
These acquisitions have accelerated Jio’s in-house development capabilities around open source technologies, paving the way for development for its IoT platform and applications, analysts said.
Jio’s approach will also help customize its technology based on the 5G and IoT standards that will be adopted by India, Sethi said. “It will also be interesting to see whether this approach has cost benefits as well once the 5G technology is commercially deployed by Jio,” he added.
Jio’s own IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) solution (vIMS) for VoLTE and VoWiFi is live since October 2019. It was previously using Nokia’s and Oracle’s IMS and related technology to offer 4G voice service.