Reliance Jio, which launched India’s first nationwide LTE network in September 2016, signed up more than 100 million 4G subscribers in less than six months. South Korea’s Samsung is Jio’s sole LTE network provider.
End February this year, Jio and Samsung extended their partnership, and announced plans to enhance the LTE network in rural areas to cover 90 percent of the population by the end of the year. Jyotindra Thacker, president of Jio, said, “We’ve taken the country from data shortage to data abundance,” adding that the company aims to be the fifth largest operator globally, reports Mobile World Live.
Jio and Samsung have plans to work together to improve “efficiency in the RAN as well as the core”. Jio’s senior vice president Tareq Amin recounted the company’s many achievements: the first in the world to offer LTE multicast services on a large scale; the first in the country to deploy TDD-FDD LTE carrier aggregation, and to offer LTE Cat 6. He also said that Jio’s network has the highest density of hetnets in the world.