NEW DELHI: Reliance Jio president Mathew Oommen said that India can’t afford to be “not successful” in the 5G era, and urged the government to release “the right amount of bandwidth at the right amount of value”, which will allow the company to deliver the right experience to its customers.
“India should be placing spectrum without interference and we require the right amount of spectrum at the right value so that the auctions are successful. And, operators can leverage the full value of the spectrum,” Oommen said in an exclusive interaction with ET.
The executive said that the company is focused on building “right platforms” for its 5G services, and is not shy about looking at a “third party technology” other than its own technology.
“We shouldn’t get stuck with technology…we will have to use the right technology and the right platforms that deliver value to the customer. And for that, do we have our own technology? We do. Are we shy about looking at a third party technology while we have our technology? No. The world is about innovation…so we will continue to embrace innovation within and we will also embrace innovation from outside,” he said.
Jio has built its own end to end 5G stack, which is currently being trialed across the country using the trial 5G spectrum. The company wants to take the indigenously developed technology to emerging markets after deploying it at scale in the country after 5G auctions.
“Technology is an enabler. So our focus will be in delivering an immersive experience to our customers and delivering experiences across industries and verticals. Our objective is not to get stuck with technology but embrace the customer. The more we can comprehend the customer and deliver value to the customer and deliver new experience to the customer…that’s our winning strategy,” he added.
The top executive said that Jio wants to support India in its “high-tech manufacturing” journey for telecom, data center and cloud.
“It is a big opportunity. That way, it is not jst for India but for the larger global opportunity working with strategic partners so that we can scale and meet gloibal expectation with the right quality.
Reliance Strategic Business Ventures (RSBVL), a wholly-owned unit of Reliance Industries (RIL), will invest Rs 1,670 crore to form an electronics manufacturing JV with US-based Sanmina Corp. which will mainly produce 4G and 5G telecom network equipment for local and overseas markets.
“…high tech manufacturing is a huge opportunity for India. And, it is about creating that entire ecosystem from components to PCB to the EMS systems….all end to end as a full ecosystem. It is critical for India,” he added. “Reliance will continue to be involved in high-tech manufacturing.”