2G Free India, Reliance Jio And Google To Develop 100 Million Low-Cost 4G Enabled Smartphones

  • The partnership will enable the 4G connectivity for the poor people who are still using the 2G network.
  • Reports show that the data plans would be bundled with the Jio packs and will be manufactured within the country.
  • During the annual general meeting, Mukesh had announced that Reliance will be partnering with Google to build an Android-based smartphone OS.

Reliance Industries owned Reliance Jio to partner with Google to develop 100 million (10 crores) low-cost 4G enabled smartphones for Indian users.

The approach is the part of the Reliance to make India ‘2G free’ in the next few years.

According to the reports, The phone data plans will be bundled with the Jio packs and will be manufactured within the country by the local vendors.

The low-cost 4G enabled phone will be in-market by this year December or in the early next year. The approach will help in gaining the 4G connectivity access to the poor people who are still using the 2G network.

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Reliance is making a big move in the online industry because of its potential growth in the country. According to the Statista, Currently, India is having 700 million internet users and will cross 950 million by the year 2025.

Reliance Jio has given a push to the growth of Internet users in the country.

Furthermore, During Reliance 43rd annual general meeting, Mukesh had announced that Reliance Jio and Google will be partnering to develop 100 million 4G connectivity enabled smartphones at a fraction of the current cost.

Mukesh had also announced that Reliance will be partnering with Google to build an Android-based OS for its smartphones.

“Through this partnership, we are confident that we can accelerate the national mission of putting a smart device in the hands of every Indian. As India is standing at the doorsteps of the 5G era, we should accelerate the migration of 350 Mn Indians, who currently use a 2G feature phone, to an affordable smartphone. Jio is determined to make India 2G-mukt (2G-free),” said, Mukesh Ambani, CEO, and Director of Reliance Industries Limited.

Moreover, According to a Business Standard report , Reliance Jio had applied for 800 megahertz (MHz) spectrum each in both the millimetres – 26 gigahertz (GHz) and 24 GHz – wave mmWave band as well as 100 MHz in the 3.5 GHz band for field trials in few metro cities.

If the trials are successful, India would join a select group of countries that are in the position to sell their own 5G networking technology globally, something only a handful of companies have managed.

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