Reliance Jio, Qualcomm fast-track 5G infrastructure development
21 October 2020
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc and Jio Platforms Limited (Jio) along with its wholly owned subsidiary Radisys Corporation on Tuesday announced their expanded efforts to develop open and interoperable interface compliant architecture based 5G solutions with a virtualised RAN, in a move intended to fast-track the development and roll-out of indigenous 5G network infrastructure and services in India.
Qualcomm Technologies and Jio also announced that they achieved over a 1 Gbps milestone on the Jio 5G NR solution, leveraging the Qualcomm 5G RAN Platforms. This achievement not only supports Jio’s 5G credentials but also signifies the entry of Jio and India into the Gigabit 5G NR product portfolio, says a Jio release.
With 5G technology, users will experience the benefits of higher data rates, low latency communications and enhanced digital experiences across a wide array of connected devices, from 5G-enabled smart phones to enterprise laptops to AR/VR products to vertical IOT solutions, it added.
“We are excited about working with Qualcomm Technologies in developing new generation cloud native 5G RAN technology that is truly open and software defined. The development of secure RAN solutions with Qualcomm Technologies combined with Jio Platforms and scale provides the ideal combination for local manufacturing and for accelerating the realisation of Atmanirbhar Bharat for an inclusive 5G nation,” Mathew Oommen, president, Reliance Jio Infocomm, said.
“Qualcomm Technologies aims to deliver cutting-edge technology for virtualised, flexible and interoperable 5G infrastructure across the globe. We recently achieved over a 1 Gbps milestone on the Reliance Jio 5G NR product, leveraging our Qualcomm 5G RAN Platforms, and we look forward to expanding our efforts with Reliance Jio to enable flexible and scalable 5G RAN deployments. Ecosystem collaborations like this play a critical role in allowing operators and industry verticals to quickly and easily add 5G network coverage and capacity where and when it is needed most,” Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc, said.
"We're delighted to enter a new phase in our longtime relationship with Reliance Jio, building on our shared vision for 5G and supporting the digital transformation of India. As the need for reliable, robust and powerful mobile experiences increase across India, we anticipate a new wave of demand for 5G services from both end users and enterprises, such as manufacturing, health care and retail. Jio is regarded as a game changer in delivering cost effective and widespread 4G network coverage to its subscribers and we look forward to working closely with them on the journey to rollout advanced 5G infrastructure and services for Indian customers,” Rajen Vagadia, vice president, Qualcomm India Private Limited and president, Qualcomm India, said.
Jio’s innovation has spearheaded the transformation of India into one of the world’s largest consumers of mobile broadband. With disaggregated and virtualised 5G NR solutions, Jio is advancing the ecosystem of carrier-grade software-based RAN solutions that are designed to enable 5G services and experiences for all of India and beyond.
The portfolio of Qualcomm 5G RAN Platforms is designed to provide a foundation for flexible, virtualised, scalable, and interoperable cellular network infrastructure. The platforms offer scalable support for a wide range of infrastructure categories ranging from macro base stations with massive MIMO to small cells, and feature support for all key frequency bands on sub-6 GHz and mmWave spectrum.
Jio Platforms Limited, a majority-owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, has built a world-class all-IP data strong future proof network with latest 4G LTE technology (through its wholly owned subsidiary, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited), is bringing transformational changes in the Indian digital services space.
With the only network conceived and born as a Mobile Video Network from the ground up and supporting Voice over LTE technology, it is future ready and can be easily upgraded to support even more data, as technologies advance on to 5G, 6G and beyond.