Reliance Jio pens deal with DragonWave for Microwave Radio Systems

Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) has signed a deal with Canada-based DragonWave Inc., – a leading global supplier of microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks. Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited is a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), India’s largest private Sector Enterprise. The agreement for first purchase orders totaling 5,000 links has already been signed. DragonWave will provide 5,000 turnkey Horizon Compact+ links in support of the Indian operator’s plan to roll out extensive, nationwide 4G/LTE networks. The deployment will also include services to be delivered by DragonWave’s Indian joint venture, DragonWave HFCL.

DragonWave’s Horizon Compact+ was tested extensively by RJIL and after many rounds of testing with some in real-world conditions of India’s harsh interior. The product was found to be of sufficiently high quality for RJIL to use as transport system for high capacity backhaul to support their upcoming 4G network. Horizon Compact+ uniquely offers a combination of 2048 QAM modulation together with the industry’s only bandwidth accelerator bulk compression capability, to deliver unsurpassed spectral efficiency.

DragonWave will start a new India-specific venture called DragonWave HFCL. It’s CEO, R Raghavan on the closing of the deal was quoted as saying, “We are delighted that DragonWave products have been selected by Reliance Jio. This selection demonstrates DragonWave’s product leadership. This is also DragonWave HFCL’s first major services win in India, showing our deployment capabilities have matured.”

The Canada-based company is a leading supplier of high-capacity packer microwave solutions that drive next generation IP networks. Crucially, these also transmit broadband voice, which means they are highly valuable to mobile network providers such as Reliance Jio. Because of the state-of-the-art technology which they come with, they are suited for 4G/LTE networks which align perfectly with Reliance Jio, who intend to launch 4G services in India soon.

Ambitious Plans:

Reliance’s Telecom venture kicked-off not too long ago. Since then, the company has unveiled some very ambitious plans. RJIL is also the first telecom company to hold a pan-India 4G license and has collaborated with many local and international players to ensure a glitch-free launch. Notable among them is the partnership Mukesh Ambani has signed with Bharti Airtel’s Sunil Mittal.

That’s not all; the company has also invested considerable amount of money into a fiber-optic cable network that will span East Asia, the Indian Sub-Continent and the Middle East. This ambitious plan, the first of its kind was born as a result of continuous talks and collaboration between Reliance Jio Infocomm and various entities in the South-East Asian market.



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