Many announcements were made at Reliance Industry Limited’s Annual General Meeting with tech heads in India; they were very excited. While some of the announcements that tech heads were waiting for, like the unveiling of the 5G Smartphone, the JioBook Laptop, and some other stuff that did not materialize, some of the other announcements turned out to be even better.
We look at some of the critical moments and announcements from RIL’s 2022 AGM that has all tech heads in India; very excited.
Jio’s 5G rollout
Jio has announced that by Diwali this year, they will launch their 5G services in India in 4 major cities, namely Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai. Furthermore, Jio has planned that by December 2023, they will take their 5G services to every nook and corner in the country. Jio will be setting up their 5G network utterly independent of their current 4G network, a method that is called Stand-Alone 5G. Other reasons Jio’s implementation of 5G will be better than competitors are carrier integration and using the most significant and best possible spectrums in a wide area.
Jio Phone 5G
Though the device wasn’t revealed, we finally have some official news about the Jio 5G smartphone. It is being developed in a partnership with Google, and in all likelihood, it will be unveiled at next year’s AGM event. This is the second phone that Google and Jio are developing together. The first one is last year’s JioPhone Next. Jio hasn’t revealed any further details about the upcoming 5G phone other than the fact that it will be developed in partnership with Google.
The JioCloud PC truly is a game-changer. What it is, is a minicomputer or networking device that allows you to connect to more powerful computers based on cloud computing and use the resources of the more powerful computer to carry out tasks. This will enable users access to a computing device, such as a laptop or a desktop computer, at dirt-low prices. JioCloud PC, Reliance says, does not require any upfront investment.
It also does away with the need for periodic upgrading. The company says the device will be a ‘game changer’ for students, gig workers, and small businesses in the country.
Jio AirFiber is a plug-and-play device for users to experience fiber-like speed over the air without wires. That means you can carry a full-fledged networking hotspot that can deliver 5G-like speeds over wifi in your backpack. All you need to do, is find a suitable power point, plug in the device and connect. The device will use Jio’s 5G services to provide internet at fiber-like speeds.
Jio partnering with Qualcomm
In 2020, Qualcomm Technologies and Reliance Jio Platforms announced a partnership to develop open and interoperable interface-compliant architecture-based 5G solutions with a virtualized RAN or Radio Access Network. This year, RIL announced that they would take their partnership with Qualcomm to a new level. To develop a comprehensive ecosystem, the two will work together on cloud-native, scalable, and flexible 5G infrastructure in both mmWave and sub-6GHz. This means better and far more secure 5G networks.