RJio Partners With Cisco, Samsung For Speedy 5G Deployment

by CXOtoday News Desk    Feb 28, 2017


Reliance Jio looks completely charged up for the 5G deployment and is rapidly involving several parties including Israel based LTE RAN solution provider Airspan Networks, Cisco and Samsung for a swift transition to 5G on the users’ network. Reliance Jio has partnered Israel based LTE RAN solution provider Airspan Networks is installing its small cells.

Alongside the company is collaborating with Cisco to further expand Jio’s existing multi-terabit capacity, first All-IP converged network. With this network, Jio has in offer a combination of high-speed data, mobile video, VoLTE, digital commerce, media, cloud, and payment services.

On a separate release, Reliance Jio also announced its partnership with Samsung to expand both the current network capacity as well as network coverage with the ‘Infill & Growth’ project. The project will take Jio services in rural areas by extending its reach to over 90 percent of the population and enable undeterred indoor and outdoor coverage in impermeable urban areas.

Samsung was one of Jio’s initial partners in India, and this partnership looks to make impact in the international markets as well. Back in 2012, the two companies signed an agreement covering the entire scope of network, ranging from equipment to establishment and maintenance services. The telco is deploying Airspan’s small cells into the Jio LTE network carrying more than 350 TB of data and more than five million VoLTE calls made daily.

Mukesh Ambani said that Jio has acquiring 100 million LTE subscribers in 170 days and is experiencing an unprecedented rate of data adoption and usage. The deal with Airspan to deploy a network of small cells and small cell backhaul products in total to provide coverage and capacity for delivering high speed broadband data, voice, and digital services across India.

“We are driving a digital platform and broadband network movement to meet the expectations of a data hungry nation,” said Mathew Oommen, president, Reliance Jio.”

Airspan said in a statement that the two companies have partnered through an extensive design which provides a strong path towards 5G with the same tools and building blocks, allowing a further quantum leap in capacity. The Jio All-IP digital platform is a result of combined efforts around product and services between Cisco and Jio Infocomm. It is built on Cisco’s Open Network Architecture and Cloud Scale Networking technologies featuring IP/MPLS, spanning areas including Data Center, Wi-Fi, Security and Contact Center solutions. It is built for the increasing volumes of data.

Jio’s infrastructure and CDN extends beyond geographical boundaries of India into Singapore, France, London, New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt. With this Jio has direct interconnect with global carriers and content providers enabling low-latency and high-quality experience for users in India.

“We share the vision with Reliance Jio for an open, programmable infrastructure to simplify, automate and virtualize core network functions in order to digitize faster,” said Yvette Kanouff, senior vice president, general manager, Service Provider Business, Cisco.

While India is still grappling with the quality of 4G connectivity in many parts of the county, Reliance Jio through strategic partnership is looking to bring 5G connectivity to all users in India.