Reliance Jio demonstrates ambition to deliver innovative services: Cisco CEO
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio has demonstrated the capabilities, and has the ambition to deliver services to delight its customers, said a top executive of the US-based telecom technology company Cisco.
“We know that they (Jio) are ambitious, and they have an incredible capability to deliver. They are always thinking about what’s the next thing that they can deliver to their customers to delight their target. We are just hoping we can help them,” said Chuck Robbins, Chief Executive Officer at Cisco Systems.
On Monday Robbins met Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and Jio Board member and president Mathew Oommen.
“5G and private 5G is a big opportunity for Cisco,” the top executive said, adding that the multinational has started to work on use cases in sectors such as manufacturing, and would continue to work with customers since next generation technology is a mega focus area for the US-headquartered company.
“We are privileged to work with Bharti and Jio,” he added.
The networking major is already working with Indian telecom carriers — Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea — to build automated and converged 5G networks with a focus enterprise business for efficient service delivery.
Barring Vodafone Idea, incumbents Jio and Airtel have been already rolling out next generation networks in the country, and expect to cover pan India within the next two years. “(In) public 5G services, we build with the exception of the radio. We build virtually all the technologies needed to build 5G networks and we work with the major players here in India to build out the infrastructure to deliver it,” the top executive said.
The company believes that a captive or private 5G network is an opportunity across multiple sectors such as manufacturing, transportation, mining and utilities, and boosts the Internet of Things (IoT).
“We are conducting pilots across manufacturing, utilities, and oil and gas sectors,” Daisy Chittilapilly, president, India & Saarc at Cisco earlier told ET.
In June 2022, the government released guidelines for the Captive Non-Public Network (CNPN) license following the recommendations from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai).
The regulator had proposed a reservation of 40 MHz in the 3700-3800 MHz band for captive 5G networks, in addition to 40 MHz in the 4800-4990 MHz and 400 MHz in the millimeter (mmWave) or 28.5-29.5 GHz frequency band.
Telecom carriers see private 5G networks as an opportunity to boost enterprise business.
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