US-based Qualcomm Technologies and Reliance Jio are together making efforts to fast track 5G development and rollout in India. The companies announced that the Jio 5G NR product, which leverages Qualcomm’s 5G RAN (Radio Access Network) platform, when tested by a tier-1 carrier in the US, could offer ultra-high speeds of 1 gigabyte per second (Gbps). This feat has been accomplished by only a handful of nations including the USA, South Korea, Australia, Switzerland and Germany.
The two companies along with Jio’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Radisys Corporation, are expanding efforts to build an open and interoperable interface compliant architecture-based 5G product with virtualised RAN, said Qualcomm in a statement.
“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 Atma Nirbhar Bharat for an inclusive 5G nation,” said Mathew Oommen, president, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.
The partnership happened after Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd, announced the development of an indigenous 5G telecom solution at an annual general meeting held in July 2020. He had also announced that the company was partnering with Google to develop an entry-level 5G smartphone in the country.
In July 2020, the investment arm of Qualcomm Inc, Qualcomm Ventures, announced an investment of Rs 730 crore in Jio Platforms for 0.15% stake. The investment was also expected to extend support to Jio Platforms on its journey to build a Made-In-India 5G network and services for Indian customers.
The 5G technology will enable users to enjoy the advantages of superfast data speeds, ultra-low latency, and a uniform user experience while connecting a wide array of products and facilitating mission-critical communication.
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