HYDERABAD: As India awaits the launch of 5G services by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 1 at India Mobile Congress (IMC) in New Delhi, Reliance Jio on Friday promised to offer “True 5G” services to customers through a standalone 5G network.
“Jio 5G promises to be a stand-alone 5G network, which is not the case with most 5G networks available in the world right now. Most operators rely on the non-standalone 5G network, which basically transmits 5G radio signals over an existing 4G network, which is unlikely to give improved performance to the users,” the company said in a statement.
Jio will be launching 5G services in key cities including metro cities by Diwali with a gradual expansion month-on-month and by the end of December 2023, every part of the country will be covered with Jio 5G.
The True 5G network, the company said, can offer powerful services and deliver performance at low latency, ideal for massive machine-to-machine communication, deliver 5G voice, edge computing and network slicing, and metaverse, among others.
“Three-fold advantage of Stand-Alone 5G architecture, largest and best mix of spectrum, and carrier aggregation means that Jio 5G will be able to offer an unparalleled combination of coverage, capacity, quality, and affordability,” Reliance Industries Chairman, Mukesh Ambani highlighted during the recent Annual General Meeting (AGM).
In contrast, rivals are looking at Non-Stand Alone 5G, which was called a “hasty way to nominally claim’’ a 5G launch.
The 700 MHz band provides better network coverage due to low frequency and has the ability to penetrate buildings efficiently. This will enable it to offer better, stable and faster connectivity in dense urban areas such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, etc, experts said.
“The acquisition of pan-India 700 MHz band by Jio has also been targeted at attracting high end users to its network aiming to become the primary SIM for them. The driving factor for high average revenue per user (ARPU) users will be an offer of better voice call quality indoors and differentiated 5G offerings,” the company said.