Samsung is reportedly planning to locally manufacture its 4G and 5G Gear in India. The company has conveyed its stand to the DoT and is looking to apply for the next version of the Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) 2.0 scheme for network equipment. It is currently in talks with Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel for 4G expansion and 5G supply contracts.
According to a new report by Digitimes AsiaThe company is currently in talks with Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio to indigenously manufacture 4G and 5G products in India. The report also said that the company has informed the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) that it wants to be a part of Phase 2 of the country’s PLI scheme. A letter has been written to the Government of India regarding this.
To recall, the company decided not to participate in the PLI scheme for network equipment last year. It had said that setting up a network equipment plant in India with just one client was not a viable option.
Earlier Samsung only had Reliance Jio as a customer, but now with several players in the Indian telecom industry, the company feels that this is the right time to enter the local manufacturing market. Additionally, the country is looking to roll out 5G technology very soon, a market that no one would want to ignore.
The report also said that the company has informed DoT officials that it has sufficient capacity to meet the demand of Reliance Jio’s 4G market at its plants in Vietnam, South Korea and China. The company was already importing equipment duty free from South Korea and Vietnam through Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).
Bharti Airtel is currently looking at bringing on new equipment partners in addition to existing suppliers, including Nokia and Ericsson. Reliance Jio is also testing its own end-to-end 5G network equipment across the country. Samsung is also currently conducting 5G field trials with Jio. According to an earlier report by atJio is set to adopt third party technology for its 5G network apart from its own technology.
Samsung may soon start manufacturing 4G, 5G devices in India: Details here first appeared on BGR India.