Jio to roll out 5G services in major Indian cities by October

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Mumbai: Reliance Industries-owned Jio is all set to roll out 5G services in major cities of India by October this year. According to Reliance Industries Chairman and MD Mukesh Ambani, Jio will roll out 5G services in major cities later this year.

During the annual general meeting (AGM) on Monday, Ambani made a series of announcements including Jio’s plans to roll out 5G services, major partnerships with Meta and Google and a new AirFiber device for consumers.

As part of the 5G rollout plan, Jio said it is committed to spending $25 billion. The company will roll out 5G services in a phased manner. In the first phase, Jio will roll out 5G services by October this year covering major cities namely Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkota.

Besides, the company introduced a new wireless plug-and-play 5G hotspot device called AirFiber that offers a personal Wi-Fi hotspot at home and offices.

Along with the 5G services and hotspot device announcement, Jio also announced its new virtual PC (personal computer) called the JioCloud PC. It’s a virtually hosted PC in the cloud which is leveraging Jio True 5G to offer ultra-high fibre-like speed over the air without any wires.

With JioCloud PC, the company aims to offer an affordable, pay-per-use-model-based PC experience.

“With no upfront investment or tension of periodical upgrading, a user needs to pay only to the extent used, resulting in a super-affordable way to bring the power of a PC, even multiple PCs, to every Indian home and business,” the company said.

In addition, Reliance announced multiple partnerships with Meta, Google, Microsoft and Qualcomm.

In partnership with Meta, Reliance Industries is aiming to build immersive technology ahead. Likewise, Reliance and Google will develop ultra-affordable 5G smartphones for consumers. With Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure, the company wants to offer cloud-enabled business applications and solutions for enterprises.

More so, Reliance in partnership with Intel is eyeing the cloud-scale data centres and 5G edge offerings for businesses and enterprises. Further, the company said it will expand and broaden joint collaborations with silicon chip maker Qualcomm.

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