Reliance Jio is in Advanced Stage of 5G Development: Telecom Secretary

5G network is picking up pace across the world and the Indian government is trying their best to stay in the race. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is currently in the process of establishing a new panel which will decide on areas where 5G technology can be used. Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan during an interaction with PTI revealed this news. She further added that DoT had received various proposals for using 5G technology in various fields such as drones for security surveillance, telemedicine and remote surgeries, monitoring of air and water pollution, etc. She also added that the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio is in advanced stages of 5G development.


DoT Approaches by Companies With Preliminary Use Cases

“Companies have come up with preliminary use cases. We are going to set up core group which will sit with them and look at what are the use cases that make sense to us,” she said. DoT approached Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Cisco and NEC for development of 5G applications and running trials on the suggestion of Stanford University Professor Emeritus Arogyaswami J Paulraj, a member of the 5G panel that recently suggested spectrum roadmap for the technology, she said.

“We wrote to Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco, Samsung and NEC. Huawei has met me and they have said that they are interested. We said if you are interested then send us a proposal. We will see what their proposal is and we may go with them also,” Sundararajan said. She said Samsung, Nokia and Ericsson are in fairly advanced stages of developing applications for the 5G technology.

“Use cases that companies have looked at for applications include drones for surveillance, mining, monitoring water and environmental pollution… as well as telemedicine and remote surgeries,” Sundararajan said.

King’s College under the Cambridge University has also approached DoT through state-run telecom technology development centre C-DoT.

BSNL and Reliance Jio are at the More Advanced Stage of 5G Development

Sundararajan also said all telecom operators are working on 5G, but BSNL and Reliance Jio are at the more advanced stage of development. 5G services will be rolled out in the country after the government allocates spectrum to telecom operators. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has recommended the auction of about 8,644 MHz of telecom frequencies at an estimated base price of Rs 4.9 lakh crore.

5G is Expected to Go Mainstream in 2019

Going by the developments, 5G is currently expected to go mainstream or commercial in early 2019. Also, we might see the first wave of 5G smartphones launching as early as next year. Smartphone companies such as Xiaomi and Vivo are testing 5G compatibility with some of their existing and upcoming devices.

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Kevin Blore
September 17, 2018 8:24 am 8:24 AM

Jio is not going to provide 5G on pan India for the initial

Maratha | Pune
September 16, 2018 2:36 pm 2:36 PM

So the telecom secretary is representative of Jio alone?

September 18, 2018 3:26 pm 3:26 PM

MP government is distributing Jio sim with their free phone rather than promoting state run BSNL.

September 16, 2018 12:14 pm 12:14 PM
I have read most of the comments below criticising jio for very low data speeds. Although it is quite true but when data is given like peanuts this was bound to happen. India is a huge country with more than 50% of population below 25 and therefore data demand is going to rise in near future. Everyday price of per GB of data is going down and in this scenario one cannot expect the data speeds to improve especially at congested locations. Data demand has far outpaced the network expansion which is currently carried out by the operators. In my… Read more »
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
September 16, 2018 5:14 pm 5:14 PM

Jio has collected all most enough subscribers in my opinion. They can rise up prices for packs to triple the amount. 300 for daily one GB data and 500 for daily two GB data.

September 16, 2018 2:23 pm 2:23 PM

After Jio fiber roll out, we may see some change.
For over crowded area, Jio should install wifi and with the help of vowifi and surfing on wifi with the existing data plan, they can reduce the load of the tower.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
September 16, 2018 5:24 pm 5:24 PM

I don’t agree on this part as well. Let’s see what happens.

Chetan | Bangalore
September 16, 2018 1:43 pm 1:43 PM
Comment is spot on.. brilliant. I like somebody matching my intellectual skills… Anyways Jio will continue to built capacity over the time to narrow demand and supply gap… But how long will that take is no bodies guess… On the other , so called PREMIUM and claim itself to be operator Airtel is trying to do so by implementing max mimo, more micro cells but failing to meet the demand as still it carrying bulk of prepaid freeloaders whos pricing is equivalent to Jio… Even inspite of premium postpaid tarrif… Airtel can turn itself true premium operator if it closes… Read more »
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
September 16, 2018 5:32 pm 5:32 PM

Postpaid plans should start from 249 with 20GB data Along with some extras of they want to give. 399 40GB data and 499 75GB data. And 599 100GB data. If Avoid doesn’t do this in these two years they are doomed in my opinion.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
September 16, 2018 5:30 pm 5:30 PM
Jios network is build over only two bands. Band 5 and band 40. Both have been choked. They don’t have much spectrum in band 3. That’s want to buy band 41 or band 1 spectrum. At least 10Mhz or more PAN India.DOT should ask for BSNL to realease it as soon as possible. DoT should also solve the problem of Aircel so that more amount of spectrum available at the time of next auction. There is spectrum scarcity at the moment for Jio. Airtel has done expansion. Its just they have to refarm their spectrum to 4G. Once they shut… Read more »