Nokia inks 5G mobile network deal with Reliance Jio

Nokia announced its mobile network deal with Reliance Jio to supply 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment.
Nokia 5G base stationReliance Jio is India’s number one mobile operator and has one of the largest RAN footprints in the world.

This new deal will mean that Nokia is now supplying India’s three largest mobile operators. Nokia has existing contracts with Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea.

Reliance Jio will also be working with Nokia rival Ericsson for the 5G project.

Nokia will supply equipment from its AirScale portfolio, including base stations, 5G Massive MIMO antennas, and Remote Radio Heads (RRH) to support different spectrum bands, and self-organizing network software.

Reliance Jio plans to deploy a 5G standalone network which will interwork with its 4G network. The network will enable Reliance Jio to deliver advanced 5G services such as massive machine-to-machine communications, network slicing, and ultra-low-latency.

Akash Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Jio, said: “Jio is committed to continuously investing in the latest network technologies to enhance the experience of all of its customers. We are confident that our partnership with Nokia will deliver one of the most advanced 5G networks globally.”

Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO at Nokia, said: “This is a significant win for Nokia in an important market and a new customer with one of the largest RAN footprints in the world.”