The Richest Man In India Announced The Successful Development Of 5G Technology: Dedicated To Modi's Self-reliant India Plan
India also wants to "get a share" in the 5G era. According to the Press Trust of India (PTI), India’s richest man and chairman of Reliance Industries Group Mukesh Ambani announced on the 15th that the group’s Jio Platforms already has its own 5G technology, and it is ready for 2021 Deployed in the field.
Ambani stated that the 5G solution independently developed by Jio Platforms is dedicated to Prime Minister Modi's "Aatma Nirbhar Bharat" (Self-reliant India) project. Once the company's 5G technology is verified in India, it will be exported to other operators around the world. Currently, Jio Platforms has received capital injections from US companies such as Qualcomm, Facebook, and Google.
However, because the Indian government has postponed the auction of 5G spectrum, Jio Platforms' "self-developed 5G technology" may not be tested until next year.
Ambani in the live broadcast on the 15th video screenshot
On the 15th, according to Ambani’s introduction at the group’s annual shareholder meeting, Jio Platforms has designed and developed a complete set of independent 5G solutions from scratch. Once the spectrum is available, the company's 5G technology can be tested and is expected to be deployed on-site in 2021.
At the same time, Ambani also expressed his expectations for the group’s independent research and development of 5G technology: “In the next three years, I can see Jio Platforms (the technology) connect 500 million mobile phone users, more than 100 million smart sensors, and more than 50 million households...Once 5G technology is verified in India, we will also provide it to other operators in the world."
Currently, Jio Platforms has received capital injections from a number of major US companies. On the 13th, Qualcomm promised to invest 7.3 billion rupees (about 680 million yuan) in Jio Platforms to support the Indian company to launch 5G services in the local market in the future. Facebook and Google also promised to invest US$5.7 billion (approximately 39.9 billion yuan) and US$4.5 billion (approximately 31.5 billion yuan) in Jio platforms, respectively.
At the same time, Google’s Indian CEO Sundale Pichai also announced a larger investment in India. Google will set up a foundation to invest US$10 billion in India in the next 5 to 7 years to support India’s digital economy.
In addition to cooperation in 5G technology, Google will also cooperate with Jio Platforms on the mobile phone project, and the two parties will jointly develop a low-cost 4G or 5G smartphone. According to the Press Trust of India, there are currently 350 million people in India using 2G mobile phones, and the cooperation between Jio Platforms and Google will likely enable Indians to "step into the 5G era."
Ambani said: "We believe that we can design an entry-level 4G or even 5G smartphone that costs only a fraction of the current (4G or 5G mobile phone)."
However, as the Indian government postponed the auction of 5G spectrum, Ambani's plan may not be realized until next year. According to the communications industry website "RCRWireless", the Indian government originally planned to auction 5G spectrum last year. However, due to the poor overall financial situation of the Indian telecommunications industry, the government is worried that the auction prices are too high to attract telecommunications companies, so the process is postponed until next year.
Some local Indian telecommunications companies, including Jio Platforms, Airtel, and Vodafone Idea, are calling on the government to lower the price of spectrum auctions. At the same time, India’s Ministry of Finance also pointed out in a recent report that the government needs to lower the price of spectrum in order to enable telecom companies to purchase it.
Ambani mentioned that Jio Platforms' 5G technology can be tested only when spectrum is available. This means that this "100% made in India" 5G technology is expected to be deployed on the ground in 2021.
However, the Indian edition of the commercial media "Quartz" published a column on the 16th that even if Ambani is the richest man in India, he will still face many challenges when promoting 5G in India.
The Indian version of "Quartz" believes that even with the support of Ambani, India is still a while away from adopting 5G
First, India has not yet fully popularized 4G networks. According to data from Internet analysis company "Statista", India launched a 4G network in 2016, but until 2019, India's 4G penetration rate was still only 44%. In addition, India’s average 4G download speed is 6.07 (Mbits/sec), one of the lowest in the world. Therefore, India’s current actual internet speed makes 5G “look like a distant dream”.
Second, the leading companies in the Indian telecommunications industry, such as Bharti Communications and Vodafone Creative, are heavily in debt and have difficulty raising more funds to purchase spectrum. The recent worsening of the new crown epidemic has made the living conditions of Indian companies "exacerbated".
Finally, there is the so-called "China problem." In fact, Huawei and ZTE have already deeply participated in 5G construction in India. The article introduced that as early as 2018, Huawei cooperated with Bharti Communications to conduct India's first 5G network test. At the beginning of this year, Vodafone Creative also announced cooperation with Huawei, ZTE, Nokia and Ericsson for 5G.
However, since the recent border conflict between China and India, India has continuously introduced discriminatory policies against Chinese companies and investments, which may hinder Huawei and ZTE from participating in India's 5G construction.
According to a report from The Times of India on the 19th, the Indian government claimed that it has determined that at least seven Chinese companies operating in India are “connected to the Chinese military” and are considering certain restrictions on these companies and placing them in Under strict monitoring to reduce their participation in the Indian economy. Among these seven companies, Huawei is included.