Jio overthrows BSNL in broadband space and takes the lead in 6G, Telecom News, ET Telecom


Reliance Jio has knocked state-run telecommunications PSU BSNL from its leading position in India’s national broadband market.

Jio became the country’s first wireline broadband operator in just two years of the service’s commercial launch. Jio added 0.19 million JioFibre customers in November 2021, bringing its fixed broadband user base to 4.3 million, overtaking both BSNL with 4.2 million and Bharti Airtel with 4.1 million.

Since the advent of 4G mobile services, BSNL has steadily lost its market share in the mobile segment (BSNL has still not been able to launch its 4G services) but maintained its position in the broadband segment. But with lagging investment and fierce competition from private players, BSNL’s broadband space has now been captured by Jio. (READ MORE)

Jio launched its services towards the end of 2016 and is already the largest telecommunications service provider. The entry disrupted the telecom sector in India, leading to consolidation.

Moving forward, Jio has signed a strategic partnership with the University of Oulu, Finland to undertake research and standardization activities in 6G technology. The two will collaborate in research and development (R&D) of air and space communication, holographic beamforming, 3D connected intelligence in cybersecurity, microelectronics and photonics.

The collaborative effort will help compete with 6G-enabled products in defense, automotive, white goods, industrial machinery, consumer goods, efficient manufacturing, new personal smart device environments, and experiences such as urban computing and autonomous traffic parameters.

This collaboration will further expand Jio’s 5G capabilities and help explore use cases in the 6G era, in addition to researching and developing the technology itself.

This development came at a time when the three players – Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea (Vi) are testing locally relevant 5G use cases using government-allocated 5G trial spectrum.

For the third quarter ended December, Jio Platforms (JPL) net profit increased nearly 9% year-over-year, driven by higher data and voice consumption and an increase in average revenue per user (ARPU ). But the company lost mobile subscribers for the second time as in the previous quarter. ARPU, a key performance metric, for the telecom sector increased sequentially to Rs 151.6 from Rs 143.6 in the previous quarter.

While Vodafone Idea (Vi)’s troubled net loss for the fiscal third quarter widened to Rs 7,234.1 crore from Rs 7,144.6 crore the previous quarter, while operating expenses and interest increased. But the telecom operator’s ARPU has increased sequentially, in part thanks to the sharp increases in prepaid rates taken last November, which however led to more customer losses. The cash-strapped operator’s quarterly revenue rose more than 3% sequentially to Rs 9,717.3 crore in the October-December quarter, while ARPU rose to Rs 115 vs. 109 rupees in the previous quarter.

Satcom: Jio vs. OneWeb

A battle is brewing between Jio and Bharti Group-backed OneWeb over how to allocate spectrum for satcom services.

Jio told Trai: “Contrary to what many stakeholders are advocating, administrative allocation is no longer the only mode of spectrum allocation for satellite and related activities and spectrum auctioning is increasingly most favored around the world.

“Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Thailand are among several countries where spectrum auctions for satellite services have been announced or held recently. Spectrum auctioning is not only feasible, but is also gaining momentum as a mode of allocating spectrum resources, even in countries with no legal obligation like India.

In his original submission to Trai, Jio argued for allocating satellite spectrum only through auctions, saying such a move would be in line with the 2012 Supreme Court verdict that backed allocating radio waves only through the auction. transparent auction bias. While Airtel administratively advocated spectrum allocation.

However, OneWeb told the telecommunications regulator that no spectrum has been auctioned for fixed satellite services (FSS) in Brazil, or is destined for Mexico, Thailand or Saudi Arabia, dismissing the Reliance Jio’s assertion that spectrum auctioning for broadband from space is rapidly gaining traction globally.

Jio is already embroiled in a high-stakes tussle with global satellite players over the auction of the coveted 28Ghz mmWave spectrum band – currently used exclusively for satellite services but considered highly efficient for 5G services.

In a separate development, OneWeb and Hughes Communications India Pvt Ltd (HCIPL) have signed a six-year distribution pact to provide broadband connectivity services from space across India. HCIPL is a 67/33 joint venture between the American company Hughes Bharti Airtel. OneWeb is expected to launch satellite broadband services in India from mid-2022 and will connect cities, towns and local and regional municipalities in the most difficult to reach areas.

US airlines and 5G

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administrator (FAA) recently warned that 5G signals in the C-spectrum band – with a band range of 3.3-4.2 GHz – could interfere with operating aircraft altimetry systems. generally in the range around 4.2 to 4.4 GHz.

This had led Air India to cancel eight US-bound flights on Wednesday amid widespread disruption to air travel caused by concerns over the rollout of 5G services in the US and their impact on radar altimeters and tracking systems. autopilot. The airline resumed Boeing 777 operations to the country on Thursday.

In India, the Ministry of Aviation is expected to hold discussions with industry stakeholders and the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) ahead of the launch of 5G mobile broadband services in India to address concerns that have emerged in States. -United.

India plans to auction 5G spectrum around April-May. C-band spectrum in the 3.3-3.67 GHz range for 5G services will also be offered for sale in the upcoming auctions.

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