Nokia wins multi-year deal with Reliance Jio to build one of the largest 5G networks in the world

Reliance Jio, India’s number one mobile operator, has selected Nokia as a major equipment supplier for its 5G Radio Access Network (RAN), in a multi-year deal. Reliance Jio is India’s number one mobile operator and has one of the largest RAN footprints in the world.

Under the contract, the deal value of which has not so far been revealed,  Nokia will supply equipment from its AirScale portfolio, including base stations, high-capacity 5G Massive MIMO antennas, and Remote Radio Heads (RRH) to support different spectrum bands, and self-organising 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.
“We are pleased to be working with Nokia for our 5G SA deployment in India. 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,” Akash Ambani, chairman, Reliance Jio, commented.
“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. This ambitious project will introduce millions of people across India to premium 5G services, enabled by our industry-leading AirScale portfolio. We are proud that Reliance Jio has placed its trust in our technology and we look forward to a long and productive partnership with them,” Pekka Lundmark, president and CEO at Nokia, stated.
Nokia has a long-standing presence in India. This new deal will mean that Nokia is now supplying India’s three largest mobile operators. 
Jio will launch the first 5G network across India, and has already launched 5G services in select telecom circles.