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Last Updated : Jul 15, 2020 06:08 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea plunge 4-7% after Jio partners with Google, readies with 5G

Another reason for correction in telecom stocks could be that Reliance is ready to launch Made in India 5G solutions for trial once spectrum is auctioned.

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Shares of telecom operators Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea fell 4-7 percent as Reliance Industries' Jio Platforms announced partnership with Google,  said it is ready with its 5G technology.

Bharti Airtel closed 4.24 percent lower at Rs 564.15 and Vodafone Idea was down 7.39 percent at Rs 8.65.

Google has decided to invest Rs 33,737 crore for 7.7 percent stake in in Jio Platforms, which RIL said would build on Jio's and Google's existing efforts to expand the benefits of digitization across the length and breadth of India, beyond the current 500+ million Internet users in the country.

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"Jio Platforms and Google have also entered into a commercial agreement to jointly develop an entry level affordable smartphone with optimizations to the Android operating system and the Play Store," RIL said.

Few months back, there was a buzz of Google investing in Vodafone Idea, which is now off following Jio-Google deal.

Another reason for correction in telecom stocks could be that Reliance is ready to launch Made in India 5G solutions for trial once spectrum is auctioned.

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"Jio has designed and developed a complete 5G solution from scratch. This will enable us to launch a world-class 5G service in India, using 100 percent home grown technologies and solutions. This Made-in-India 5G solution will be ready for trials as soon as 5G spectrum is available and can be ready for field deployment next year," Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries said while addressing 43rd AGM.

"And because of Jio's converged, all-IP network architecture, we can easily upgrade our 4G network to 5G. Once Jio's 5G solution is proven at India-scale, Jio Platforms would be well positioned to be an exporter of 5G solutions to other telecom operators globally, as a complete managed service," he added.

Mukesh Ambani said, "In the next three years, I can see a strong path for Jio to connect over a half a billion mobile customers, over a billion smart sensors; and over 50 million homes and business establishments.


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First Published on Jul 15, 2020 06:08 pm
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