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Reliance Jio, Qualcomm begin 5G trials in India, achieve speeds over 1Gbps

Reliance Jio and Qualcomm have announced that they are in advanced testing for the project, and have already achieved over 1 Gbps speeds.

Sushant Talwar | October 21, 2020 | Updated 10:37 IST

Highlights

  • Reliance Jio has started 5G network trials in India.
  • The network is being developed in partnership with Qualcomm.
  • Jio has achieved over 1Gbps speeds in tests till now.

Reliance Jio has announced its plans of bringing 5G to India at Qualcomm's 5G Summit. The telecom giant has partnered with Qualcomm to expand "efforts to develop open and interoperable interface compliant architecture based 5G solutions with a virtualized RAN. This work is intended to fast track the development and roll-out of indigenous 5G network infrastructure and services in India," the two companies said in a joint statement after the event.

The companies have also announced that they are in advanced testing for the project, and have already achieved over a 1 Gbps speeds over test network jointly developed by Jio and Qualcomm. Speaking about the move, the companies announced that "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 smartphones to enterprise laptops to AR/VR products to vertical IOT solutions."

Mathew Oommen, president, Reliance Jio Infocomm, said, "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 realization of Atmanirbhar Bharat for an inclusive 5G nation."

Meanwhile, talking about the move, Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G, Qualcomm Technologies, said, "Qualcomm Technologies aims to deliver cutting-edge technology for virtualized, 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."

In India, Reliance Jio will be advancing the ecosystem of carrier-grade software-based RAN solutions that are designed to enable 5G services and experiences across the country. However, it stopped giving an exact timeline for the same.

Qualcomm explained that this expansion of the 5G network will be based on its portfolio of 5G RAN platforms designed to provide a foundation for flexible, virtualized, 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.

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