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Jio, Qualcomm join hands for faster 5G rollout in India

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In a bid to fast-track development and rollout of 5G network services in India, Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio and American technology conglomerate Qualcomm have announced that they are working together on the same.

Utilising Qualcomm’s technology, Jio has indigenously developed a 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) product that has achieved ultra-high throughputs, and the product is already tested by a Tier-1 carrier in the US, Mathew Oommen, president, Reliance Jio Infocomm said.

Internet speed over 1 Gbps achieved

Speaking at the Qualcomm 5G Summit, Oommen said, “I am excited to announce that with Qualcomm’s technology and support, Jio has indigenously developed a 5G RAN product that has achieved over 1 Gbps throughput…in fact joining the gigabit throughput clock, the product is already tested and validated by a Tier-1 carrier in the US.”

The latest move signifies the entry of Jio and India into the 5G product club. At present, only a handful of nations, including the US, South Korea, Australia, Switzerland and Germany are able to showcase 1 Gbps speeds for 5G customers.

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Qualcomm Technologies Inc and Reliance Jio Platforms along with its wholly-owned subsidiary Radisys Corporation have announced their expanded efforts to develop open and interoperable interface compliant architecture based 5G solutions with a virtualized RAN, a Qualcomm statement said.

“This work is intended to fast track the development and roll-out of indigenous 5G network infrastructure and services in India,” the statement added.

Earlier this year, Reliance Industries had announced that Qualcomm Ventures will pick up 0.15 per cent stake in Jio Platforms for Rs 730 crore. It recently received the subscription amount for the deal, and allotted the equity shares.

Jio plans to develop homegrown 5G telecom solutions

The latest progress on the 5G product portfolio neatly dovetails into Jio’s overall plans to develop homegrown 5G telecom solutions, as was outlined by Reliance Industries’ Chairman Mukesh Ambani at the company’s annual general meeting in July this year.

RIL had earlier said that Qualcomm Ventures’ investment would deepen the ties between Qualcomm and Jio Platforms to support the latter on its journey to rollout advanced 5G infrastructure and services for Indian customers.

Durga Malladi, Qualcomm’s senior vice-president for 4G and 5G, said the US company recently achieved the milestone of over 1 Gbps milestone on the Reliance Jio 5G NR product using Qualcomm 5G RAN platforms.

“We look forward to expanding our efforts with Reliance Jio to enable flexible and scalable 5G RAN deployment,” he said.

 

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