According to sources, Reliance Jio has demanded spectrum in certain frequencies from the Department of Telecom for holding trials of the latest 5G technology, according to sources. The company’s US-based subsidiary Radisys has already started selling some of the 5G solutions to foreign companies.
According to sources, Reliance Jio has requested,800 megahertz of frequencies in the 26 gigahertz (GHz) and 24 GHz band as well as 100 Mhz in 3.5 GHz band for running field trials in cities like Delhi and Mumbai. The auction for these high-frequency bands is expected to be held next year.
Jio has said that high frequencies have been put to use in advanced countries like the US, South Korea, Japan, Canada, the UK. They also want trails in these bands should start in India. The company has sought spectrum frequencies between 26.5 – 29.5 GHz and 24.25-27.5 GHz band and wants to run trials of its 5G technology before selling it abroad.UN body of International Telecommunication Union approved 5G standards for 26 gigahertz band in November last year, the standards for other bands are yet to be decided.
In the 43rd annual general meeting, Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani had said that Jio has designed and developed a complete 5G solution from scratch as “Make in India” initiate. “This will enable us to launch a world-class 5G service in India… using 100% homegrown technologies and solutions and Made-in-India 5G solution will be ready for trials as soon as the 5G spectrum is available and can be ready for field deployment next year,” Ambani had said.