Samsung Signs Contract With Reliance Jio to Deploy Indoor Cells for Increased 4G Connectivity

To increase its indoor network coverage in India, Reliance Jio is taking Samsung’s help in deploying indoor cells by the masses. The Mukesh Ambani led telco aspires to have 99% 4G LTE coverage in the company soon, for which it has partnered up with Samsung India to deploy the equipment and the infrastructure to give a boost to its 4G network. It’s noteworthy that Reliance Jio remains Samsung Network’s only customer in India and the telecom operator has given the contract to Samsung Network to increase its capacity from 75% to 99% when it comes to 4G LTE connectivity.


Reliance Jio to Reach 99% Coverage Soon

Senior Vice President and Head of Networks Business at Samsung India, Srini Sundararajan told ETTelecom, “We have seen drive happening on indoor small cells. But that doesn’t mean that outdoor isn’t happening. Outdoor is happening at a good speed basis the site availability and so on.” He further added, “We will continue to expand on this piece of the network [indoor] because there are places where it’s more value to go that way.”

On its connection with Reliance Jio, the executive said, “Jio tells us what their network requirements are, and we support…indoor always volume looks larger because devices are smaller and are easy to deploy and are self-configured.”

Notably, this is not the first time that Samsung Networks has bagged contract for equipment deployment from Reliance Jio. The Korean giant has been the sole equipment provider for Reliance Jio since the beginning and had also worked with the telco to deploy equipment in 140,000 sites for pan India coverage.

Right now, the case seems to be a little bit different, as this time Reliance Jio is focusing on both coverage and capacity. As per Sundararajan’s statement to ET, Reliance Jio is deploying equipment for both capacity and coverage. While quite a chunk of Samsung’s effort has been dedicated for coverage, most sites have been targeted to be deployed for capacity. Further, to empower its 4G deployment, Reliance Jio is also taking help of MIMO technology where it is not able to add new sites easily. Not only that, but Samsung Networks is also providing Reliance Jio with the new technology of virtualised packet cores which will play a crucial role in the 5G network.

Samsung Networks to Work Closely with DoT

Samsung Networks is also working closely with the Department of Telecommunications to conduct field trials of 5G in New Delhi in the coming quarter of 2019. Going by Sundararajan’s words, Samsung Networks has a lot to offer like it did in the case of 4G. He also asserted that the company would be working closely with the government in this matter to make sure that it understands the needs of the government. The executive further added that the involvement of the centre is crucial in this regard because a lot of 5G use cases will also have societal value and not just business value. He also regarded the government’s involvement in the project as very imperative for a successful commercial rollout of 5G.

Sundararajan also highlighted that Samsung would resort to using the millimetre wave (mm-wave) spectrum for conducting these 5G field tests. The exec’s reasoning behind this is the availability of a large chunk of spectrum which would mean 5G use cases like fixed wireless access (FWA) which would be enabling data services to have huge data capacity. Sundararajan said, “We need to have the technology in the mmwave to enable the true vision of the government.”

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Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
November 12, 2018 2:21 pm 2:21 PM

Add spectrum instead of connectivity.

Vishal | Chennai
November 11, 2018 5:59 pm 5:59 PM

@ Kiran Fernandes , Sudhakar Vodafone 4G 10Mhz band 1 . Due to FDD-LTE upload speeds are insane…

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
November 11, 2018 9:21 pm 9:21 PM

do tell me if you’re getting 2×2 or 4×4 MIMO on Vodafone band 1 on NSG.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
November 11, 2018 9:20 pm 9:20 PM

Yeah, no limiting of upload, so full bandwidth for uploading. I want Jio to get a good chunk of spectrum (20MHz)in band 1 for 4G so that we can get around 40Mbps upload speed.

Vishal | Chennai
November 12, 2018 12:41 pm 12:41 PM

@kiran launching LTE on band 1,41 is a pain full process for Jio network management because their existing antennas support only band 3,5,40 at the moment. If they want to get band 1 means they have add additional antennas in their existing lakhs of cell sites which is a fork lift activity and night mare. So they will find ways to get additional spectrum in band 3,5,40 itself..

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
November 12, 2018 5:02 pm 5:02 PM

I thought each antenna supports 2 bands. So 3+5 on one antenna and 1+40 on the other.

Rhishav (Kolkata)
November 12, 2018 7:47 pm 7:47 PM

One antenna is 3+40 and other antenna is 5

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
November 11, 2018 11:09 pm 11:09 PM

Not possible. Even 10Mhz is impossible PAN India for Jio in band 1. Jio will try to get 30-40Mhz in band 40 in next auction and 10-10 in Band 3/5.

Vishal | Chennai
November 11, 2018 5:55 pm 5:55 PM

Guys can someone clear my doubt? In Qualcomm website shows X9 LTE modem support 4x75Mbps downlink streams and 2x75Mbps uplink streams… This means it support 4×2 MIMO ??? TIA

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
November 11, 2018 9:38 pm 9:38 PM

yep could be, but sometimes manufacturers don’t put the latest supported hardware in the phones. Snapdragon 845 supports 6CA(1200Mbps) but Xiaomi added a 4CA(800Mbps) modem in it. Most phone manufacturers like oneplus added a 5CA(1Gbps) modem in their phones(Oneplus 6). Xiaomi decided not to add a CA enabled modem in the Redmi note 4, as well as 5 pro. GsmArena says that the 6 pro supports LTE-A, but according to MI global site, there’s no mention of CA.

GSMArena says your phone supports 300/50Mbps, so maybe they’re right. 4 antennae for downloads and 2 antennae for uploads only.