Reliance Jio signs multi-year deal with Nokia for 5G hardware supply

Nokia on Monday said that it has won a multi-year deal with Reliance Jio to supply 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment.

As per the contract, Nokia will supply equipment to Reliance Jio 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-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, Reliance Jio said that the telco would be working with Nokia for 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,” he said.

Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO at Nokia stated, “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,” added Lundmark.

Earlier this month, Jio announced the Beta trial of its True-5G services for its users in 4 cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Varanasi.

Reliance Jio has prepared an ambitious and the fastest 5G roll-out plan.