Nokia has signed a multi-year agreement with Indian operator Reliance Jio to develop one of the world's largest 5G networks.
Under a year contract, Reliance Jio has chosen Nokia as one of its major suppliers for statewide supply of 5G radio access network (RAN) equipment from its extensive Air Scale portfolio. Reliance Jio is India's leading mobile provider and has one of the world's giant RAN footprints.
Nokia will offer equipment from its Air Scale portfolio, which includes base stations, high-capacity 5G Massive MIMO antennas, and remote radio heads (RRHs) to support diverse frequency bands and self-organizing network software under the terms of the contract.
In addition, Reliance Jio intends to build a separate 5G network that will interoperate with its existing 4G network. This connectivity will allow Reliance Jio to provide advanced 5G services such as machine-to-machine communication, network cutting, and ultra-low latency.
According to Reliance Jio President Akash Ambani, "We are thrilled to join Nokia to debut our 5G SA in India. In order to enhance the experience of every one of its customers, Jio is dedicated to investing consistently in cutting-edge networking technology." They are sure their collaboration with Nokia will result in one of the most cutting-edge 5G networks ever.
"It's a big achievement for Nokia in such an important market and a new client with one of the largest RAN footprints in the world," said Mr. Pekka Lundmark of Nokia. Our industry-leading Air Scale portfolio will make premium 5G services available to millions of Indians through this initiative. We look forward to a long and prosperous partnership with Reliance Jio and are grateful that they have chosen to rely on our technology.
As 5G SA network deployment accelerates, 5G Service Provider Aggregation is expected to significantly contribute to delivering next-generation services and exceptional user experiences. Along with throughput rates that have reached levels previously only possible on optical networks - over 4 Gbps downlink and over 2 Gbps uplink - this represents a significant leap in real-world performance.
As the technology matures and devices can handle more component service providers, performance will increase further to benefit network operators and 5G users.
Nokia will continue working with industry and ecosystem partners to advance 5G Carrier Aggregation technology and unlock the potential of 5G connectivity.
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