On 25 February, during a roundtable discussion between US President Donald Trump and Indian CEOs, Mukesh Ambani rose to speak. “We’re the only network in the world which doesn’t have a single Chinese component,” the Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) chairman said. Some saw it as a facile attempt to play to Trump’s famous anti-China rhetoric. Within Reliance Jio Infocomm—RIL’s telecom subsidiary—it was seen as a sales pitch: Jio could play a part in building the next generation of US telecom networks.
Reliance Jio’s 5G push to be India’s answer to Huawei
Not content with being India's largest telco, Jio is on its way to becoming India's first bonafide global telecoms giant
Reliance Jio built a $46 billion pan-India 4G network with Samsung, with a 10-year lock in period
With that set to expire, Jio is attempting to DIY its 5G open interface network
In-house 5G development will cut capital expenditure by 70%, and will make deployment faster
Jio, however, needs to reconcile its tech focus with the culture clash with its parent company