Not a replacement of Huawei

Jio has the software to accelerate its 5G plans but for the hardware, it will depend on another company, said Parv Sharma, an analyst at Counterpoint Research.

“Jio is using an Open RAN (O-RAN) approach to deploy 5G in India. O-RAN is still developing, and the ecosystem is complex. Also, network performance is still a major challenge as general-purpose hardware is struggling to achieve performance…it will take a long time for Jio ecosystem to pose a challenge to traditional players like Ericsson, Nokia, and Huawei,” Sharma said.

O-RAN or Open Radio Access Network technology allows service providers to speed up 5G network development. The O-RAN Alliance comprises a network of major industry players including Telefónica, AT&T, and Verizon.

But this hasn’t stopped Ambani from making big bets. Google’s investment in Jio Platforms could help Ambani in achieving the dominance he might be aiming for.

Additionally, the two companies have also signed an agreement to jointly develop an “entry-level affordable” 4G/5G smartphone. “The Jio-Google partnership is determined to make India 2G-mukt (free),” Ambani said in July. “As India is standing at the doorsteps of the 5G era, we should accelerate the migration of 350 million Indians, who currently use a 2G feature phone, to an affordable smartphone.”

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