Jio Users can Get On the Metaverse and Heighten Their Internet Experience with 5G
With the Jio 5G network, Reliance’s Jio wing is testing metaverse experience for retail to boost data usage.
Using its own Jio 5G network, Reliance Jio is testing an immersive metaverse experience for digital retail. The metaverse is the future of shopping, and 5G brings up new possibilities for eCommerce 4.0. Jio 5G technology is best equipped for delivering this experience for consumers and merchants. Reliance Retail, the retail arm of oil-to-telecom behemoth Reliance Industries Limited, may offer a metaverse experience using the telco’s homegrown fifth-generation network (RIL).
RIL’s retail division sells everything, starting from food, groceries, and clothing to electronics and other items. Jio executives disclosed a week ago that the company had connected 4G VoLTE with the 5G Core network to test 5G Voice-over-New-Radio (VoNR). Jio is looking to offer 5G-as-a-Service to industries and enterprises with its compact and scalable 5G solution. Jio 5G Hyperlite Stack is built using indigenous 5G technology, as well as developing a 5G Network Slicing Platform (NSP) that will enable it to offer Network Slicing-as-a-Service, according to Bhatnagar’s previous posts on the professional networking platform.
Jio 5G has developed its own end-to-end 5G stack, which is being tested across the country on the trial 5G spectrum. After installing the technology at scale in the country following the 5G auctions, the company hopes to take it to emerge markets. In June, the government expects to auction more than 100,000 MHz of airwaves for roughly Rs. 5 lakh crore, with initial 5G service rollouts expected in August-September.
With the probability of disruptions in network gear availability in India in the coming weeks, the government’s push for the first wave of Jio 5G network rollouts by August-September could strike a roadblock. This is because, under the Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipment (MTCTE) regime, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) requires all imported network gear to be examined for safety checks at local labs after July 1, 2022.
According to senior industry officials, DoT’s insistence on in-country testing of network equipment by local laboratories recognized by its technical arm, Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC), could cause delays in telco gear deliveries and jeopardize 5G rollouts. They want the existing July 1 deadline for in-country testing to be extended to January 1, 2023. This is because, according to them, local labs lack the requisite knowledge to conduct extensive testing of the latest imported radio network hardware, such as base stations, microwave systems, switches, and routers, among other things.
Jio 5G Network gear testing and certification is a difficult process, and the Indian lab ecosystem is working overtime to develop this competence. However, because they will be testing radio equipment for the first time, they will require more time to progress up the learning curve, as training efforts have been hampered by the pandemic, a scarcity of skilled manpower, and restrictions on international travel.