India’s Reliance Jio decided not to use Chinese components for planned 5G network

Indian telecom giant – Jio backed by Reliance Industries, will not use Chinese components for its upcoming 5G network, as told by the chairman Mukesh Ambani. He also added that Reliance Jio is currently the only network in the world that does not use a single Chinese component for its pan-India LTE-Advanced network.

While India’s other two major operators Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have jointly submitted their proposals to Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei and ZTE, Jio has partnered with South Korean company Samsung for both 4G as well as 5G networks.

Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani

Jio has also recently established an alliance with Microsoft to accelerate digital transformation in India. The telco had disrupted telecom sector in India 4 years ago with its free data and voice offers which were later turned into cheapest plans. In the present day, Jio has highest market share in India (~33%) with 100% VoLTE network. Jio’s consumer plans start from $2 that offers unlimited free voice across the country and 42 GB of LTE data for 1 month. It also has cheap pay-as-you-go rates for ISD calls and international roaming. The company has been prompt and consistent in improving its quality of service and responding to consumer feedback.

While 5G spectrum auctions in India are still on the way, other operators from India are currently suffering from various financial issues. Jio has a huge plus-side, customer base and strong backing for its upcoming 5G launch. Thus, Jio will undoubtedly be the first on India’s 5G radar.

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