Despite all the “disruption” which Jio has brought with itself, there has a been a continued line of questioning over how it plans to convert its over 100 million customers enjoying free services for now, to paying, regular ones. And while revenue plans have already been laid out by the company, Jio has now signed up with Samsung, to better its service on the tech front. The association is dedicated to network improvisation and acceleration in the speed offered by Jio.
The collaboration has been named as ‘I&G (Infill & Growth) Project’ which targets to enhance current LTE mobile communication services across India. This will be done by expanding both the current network capacity as well as network coverage for the telecom provider. Reliance plans to offer Jio services to over 90 per cent of the population, reaching to both urban and rural populace.
The project involves utilising spectrum in the 850, 1800 and 2300 MHz bands. The said utilisation will provide better network range in the urban dense areas and remote areas of the villages.
Speaking on the latest partnership, Reliance Jio President Jyotindra Thacker said,
We successfully achieved 100 million subscribers in 170 days… We are committed to bringing game-changing digital experiences to India, with superior ecosystems, mobile content, all-IP networks and ongoing process innovations.
Samsung isn’t a new feature into Jio’s partnership lists. The Korean electronics behemoth had earlier assisted the telecom company with setting up LTE core services, base stations and solutions required for VoLTE services, prior to the establishment of the business. Under the project, Samsung will further develop new paradigms for LTE-Advanced Pro and 5G. The company will work with Jio as a unified workforce and will offer massive deployment of over a million cells across India.
Apart from Samsung, Jio recently joined hands with US-based Cisco for sourcing networking solutions. Cisco will create its all-IP digital services platform for Jio and hence will help the company to deliver improved high-speed data, voice over LTE (VoLTE), digital and payment solutions. Taking the stance further, Reliance previously stated,
With the Cisco All-IP network, Jio will help deliver the vision of Digital India and transform the delivery of citizen services from transportation, utilities and financial inclusion to entertainment, agriculture, education, and healthcare in the country.
On a similar note, there’s an interesting development from ZTE in a similar domain, coming out from MWC 2017. We’ll keep you updated on that note as well. Stay tuned.