Rajen Vagadia, president, Qualcomm India, said: “We anticipate a new wave of demand for 5G services from both end users and enterprises, such as manufacturing, health care and retail.”
Mathew Oommen, president, Reliance Jio Infocomm, said: “We are working with Qualcomm Technologies in developing new generation cloud native 5G RAN technology that is open and software defined.”
Qualcomm Technologies aims to deliver advanced technology for virtualized, flexible and interoperable 5G infrastructure.
“We 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,” Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G, Qualcomm Technologies, said.
Reliance 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.
Qualcomm 5G RAN Platforms offer support for a 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.
Reliance Jio, which has over 400 million mobile subscribers on its 4G network in India, has developed a 5G RAN product in partnership with Qualcomm.
“The product is tested and validated by a tier one carrier in the US,” Mathew Oommen, president of Reliance Jio, said at the Qualcomm 5G Summit.
San Diego-based Qualcomm is already the largest supplier of chips for mobile phones, including the modem chips that connect handsets to newer 5G wireless data networks capable of faster speeds than LTE networks.
RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani announced plans for a 100 percent homegrown 5G network in India at the company’s annual general meeting.
Qualcomm Ventures, the investment arm of Qualcomm, committed to invest up to Rs 730 crore in Jio Platforms for 0.15 percent equity stake in Jio Platforms.
Reliance Jio said they achieved over a 1 Gbps (1,000 MBPS) speed on the Reliance Jio 5GNR solution and the Qualcomm 5G RAN Platform.
Qualcomm said it will produce chips for 5G telecommunications networking gear, marking the first entry by a major American technology company into a market dominated by European and Chinese firms.
RIL’s Oommen pointed to the combined muscle of Qualcomm’s chips that are crucial for superfast 5G networks and smartphones and Jio Platforms’ scale to deliver a homegrown 5G solution.
Currently, only the US, South Korea, Australia, Switzerland and Germany are able to offer 1GBPS speeds to 5G customers, RIL said.