Reliance Acquiring Radisys to Enable 5G Deployment on Jio


Radisys headquarters in Oregon, USA. / Photo by: M.O. Stevens via Wikimedia Commons


The India-based conglomerate company, Reliance Industries, announced its plans to boost its telecom company, Jio, through the acquisition of Radisys, a telecom solutions firm based in the US. The acquisition will improve the 5G and Internet of Things ecosystem of Jio.

As a solutions company, Radisys enables service providers with new open architecture business models to support the demands of network innovation. The company has numerous solutions, such as CORD for cloud system integration, ONOS for scaling network operations, and OCP for upgrading the performance of hardware.

Meanwhile, Jio serves 4G LTE network operations in 22 telecom circles in India, across 800 MHz, 1,800 MHz, and 2,300 MHz spectrum bands. The telecom company offers mobile plans, devices, and apps, but has not served the 2G or 3G network since its launching in December 2015. The move of its mother company, Reliance, will enable it to start initialization of 5G coverage and IoT service in the country. In March, the telecom had 100 percent network availability with an average download speed of 17.8 Mbps, which is double the download speeds of any other network provider in the country.

"Radisys' top-class management and engineering team offer Reliance rapid innovation and solution development expertise globally… This acquisition further accelerates Jio's global innovation and technology leadership in the areas of 5G, IoT, and open-source architecture adoption," said Akash Ambani, director at Reliance Jio.

According to Brian Bronson, CEO of Radisys, the solutions company with nearly 600 staff members will continue to work independently after the acquisition. The 4G LTE technology supported by Jio has been designed to easily adapt and deploy the next-generation network, and even 6G in the future if pushed further.

Earlier this year, Reliance also invested in Embibe, an AI education platform. Embibe has an AI system with personalized learning to optimize outcomes of students.