Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL) has successfully acquired spectrum which can be utilised for transition to 5G services at an appropriate time by deploying its own 5G stack.
The company has also acquired the right to use spectrum in all 22 circles across India in the recently concluded spectrum auctions conducted by Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government of India. Through this acquisition, RJIL’s total owned spectrum footprint has increased significantly by 55% to 1,717 MHz (uplink + downlink).
RJIL has the highest amount of sub-GHz spectrum with 2X10 MHz contiguous spectrum in most circles. It also has at least 2X10 MHz in 1,800 MHz band and 40 MHz in 2,300 MHz band in each of the 22 circles.
RJIL has achieved complete spectrum de-risking with an average life of owned spectrum of 15.5 years and the spectrum has been acquired in the most cost efficient manner with an effective cost of Rs. 60.8 crore per MHz. With the enhanced spectrum footprint, especially contiguous spectrum, and pan-India infrastructure deployed, RJIL has enhanced network capacity to service its existing users as well as hundreds of millions of more subscribers on its network.
Mukesh D Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Industries said, “Jio has revolutionised the digital landscape of India with the country becoming the fastest adopter of Digital Life. We want to ensure that we keep on enhancing experiences, not only for our existing customers but also for the next 300 million users that will move to digital services. With our increased spectrum footprint, we are ready to further expand the digital footprint in India as well as get ourselves ready for the imminent 5G rollout.”