Jio, Qualcomm to manufacture 5G equipment in India

Jio, Qualcomm to manufacture 5G equipment in India

Indian telecom operator Reliance Jio and US-based chipmaker Qualcomm Technologies have collaborated for local manufacturing of critical equipment to catalyze the 5G ecosystem in India.

 "Qualcomm and Jio successfully tested 5G solutions in India, achieving the 1 Gbps milestone on Jio 5G solution," said Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani in its annual report.

The annual report noted that Jio and Qualcomm, along with JPL's wholly-owned subsidiary Radisys Corporation, have developed an open and interoperable interface-compliant architecture-based 5G solution with a virtualised RAN (vRAN), which will accelerate the development and rollout of indigenous 5G network infrastructure and services in India.

Both companies had previously partnered with each other in order to develop an open and interoperable interface compliant architecture-based 5G solutions complete with a virtualized RAN.

"The 5G RAN Platform has crossed the 1 Gbps milestone on the Jio 5G core network and 5G smartphones," the report said, adding that the feat not only underlines Jio's 5G credentials but also signifies the entry of Jio and India into the gigabit 5G NR product portfolio.

Jio Platforms has mentioned that it is collaborating with Qualcomm to enable localisation of 5G equipment manufacturing in the country, according to local media reports.

According to a report by PTI, India is on the forefront of the worldwide digital revolution, stated the annual report, including that “Jio is accelerating the rollout of digital platforms and indigenously developed next generation 5G stack, making it affordable and available everywhere”.

RIL’s annual report also revealed that Jio is currently planning radio frequency capacity and coverage for 5G networks based on 4G data traffic profile.

The telco is also collaborating with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) on standardising 5G device configurations by collaborating ahead of its commercial launch in the country.

According to various news agencies, to date, Jio has been granted 371 patents across multiple jurisdictions. In FY 2020-21 alone, the company filed for 38 patents and was granted 40.

Among the key technology areas covered by the patents are Quantum Blockchain Network Technology, Deep Learning Applications in Health and Agriculture, and AI Industrial IoT Automation.

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