India’s 4G newcomer Reliance Jio Infocomm called on handset vendors to produce 4G smartphones locally.
The operator contacted the major Indian handset vendors as well as China’s Lenovo and committed to buying all the local production, the Economic Times said. India’a Micromax, Lava, Karbonn and Intex plan to make 4G handsets in India in the next six to 12 months.
Jio also has ordered about five million 4G phones from a number of Chinese vendors, including Huawei, ZTE, TCL and CK-Telecom, to be sold under its ReConnect consumer electronics brand, the Times said. Contract manufacturer CK-Telecom is said to have received the largest order.
With the country’s smartphone market soaring, more vendors are looking to set up local production.
China’s Xiaomi last month launched its first smartphone made in India — the Redmi 2 Prime – which is assembled at a Foxconn plant. The contract manufacturer is investing heavily in India and announced plans last month to invest $5 billion in a factory in the state of Maharashtra, which will employ up to 50,000 people.
Jio, which is owned by Reliance Industries, is investing INR1 trillion ($15.7 billion) to launch 4G service across India by December, following an “extensive beta launch”.