India’s Reliance Jio and Israel’s Airspan are together planning to ensure a smooth transition to 5G internet on your networks. Jio Infocomm is reportedly deploying small cells made by Airspan Networks which will carry over 350 terabytes of data along with 5 million VoLTE calls made every day. Jio has been aggressive in its entry into the Indian market and has completely changed the dynamics of telecom companies in the country. According to Mukesh Ambani, Jio had acquired 100 million LTE subscribers in just 170 days. This has mainly been possible because of the free data and free calling services offered by Jio. Now, Jio is tying up with Airspan with an aim to deploy a network of small cells and small cell backhaul products. This move will essentially provide the network provider, the needed coverage and capacity in order to deliver high-speed broadband data, voice, and digital services in the country.
Mathew Oommen, president, Reliance Jio said, “We are driving a digital platform and broadband network movement to meet the expectations of a data hungry nation.” He added, “Together (with Airspan), we have been able to innovate on products and solutions that have fundamentally disrupted cost and service models, ensuring that Jio’s self-healing HetNet will be able to seamlessly transition to 5G.” Wireless network providers, worldwide, face the issue of catering to the ever-increasing data consumption and needs of consumers, especially now since most companies are now trying to move towards 5G. There is a need for proper planning, design, development and deployment, and Jio-Airspan partnership is aiming to achieve that to be a front runner in the 5G race.
Airspan is a famous company whose LTE services including network optimisation devices, are used by many network providers in different parts of the world. Meanwhile, Eric Stonestrom, Airspan’s CEO said, “The accomplishments with Jio make us very proud and we are grateful for the trust and cooperation that has been extended by the phenomenal Jio team.”