Jio has said it is developing its own 5G technology which it plans to scale up in India and then take it to other parts of the world.

Reliance Jio GenNext, a startup accelerator of telecom operator Reliance Jio Infocomm’s parent Reliance Industries, has made buyout or investment proposals to a few domestic companies developing fifth-generation (5G) solutions as part of its attempt to launch a locally built next generation network, said people aware of the matter.

“Some of the domestic companies have recently received business proposals from Reliance Jio GenNext, which wants to acquire local firms developing 5G technology-based solutions,” said one of the persons, who did not wish to be identified.

Another person said, “Jio is looking at Indian companies that are in the final stages to develop 5G components or radio network products since a start from scratch will only drag the final outcome by almost four years.”

Reliance Jio GenNext advises and mentors founders of startups and brings them into the Jio fold through commercial partnerships and strategic investments.

Indian firms such as Vihaan Networks, Himachal Futuristic Communications, Tejas Networks, Lekha Wireless, Signalchip, Nivetti, Mymo Wireless and Niral Networks are among those in advanced stages of developing open-source software based 5G solutions.

Bengaluru-based Niral Networks, an open source networking operating software provider, confirmed that Jio’s startup accelerator had sent a proposal but did not divulge any further details.

“We have been interested in selling our networking equipment to Jio. Our home-grown solution is an alternative to the likes of Huawei and Cisco. If Jio can support us in our vision by using our product in their 5G network, it will also help us to grow internationally,” said a Niral Networks spokesperson.

Reliance Jio did not respond to ET’s queries till press time on Thursday while Tejas Networks declined to comment.

Queries to Vihaan Networks, Himachal Futuristic Communications, Lekha Wireless, Signalchip, Nivetti and Mymo Wireless did not elicit any response.

Jio has said it is developing its own 5G technology which it plans to scale up in India and then take it to other parts of the world.

In 2018, Reliance had bought US-based Radisys to accelerate innovation in the areas of Internet of Things (IoT), 5G and open-source based architecture adoption, and its push for local enterprises would further build on the company’s acquired capabilities.

“India has all the expertise available to develop latest and complex telecom products, many of which have large software content, where India is considerably strong,” said RK Bhatnagar, former advisor, Department of Telecommunications (DoT).