Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries’ digital services arm, Jio Platforms, said on Tuesday that it had expanded efforts with US-based Qualcomm to develop 5G solutions in India. Jio Platforms, which houses private sector telecom major Reliance Jio Infocomm, will “develop open and interoperable interface compliant architecture based 5G solutions” with its wholly-owned arm, Radisys Corporation, along with Qualcomm. The move marks the entry of Jio into 5G products. The development on its 5G product portfolio strengthens Jio’s position in the country’s high-speed internet market.
The work is intended to fast-track the development and rollout of 5G network infrastructure and services in the country, the companies said in a joint statement.
Currently, only few countries such the US, South Korea, Australia, Switzerland and Germany are able to achieve speeds to the tune of 1 GB per second for their 5G subscribers.
Reliance Jio and Qualcomm said it has indigenously developed a 5G RAN or Radio Access Network solution with ultra-high throughputs leveraging the US-based company’s technology.
The product is already tested by a Tier-1 carrier in the US, the statement said.
With 5G, users will experience the benefits of higher data rates, low latency communications and enhanced digital experiences across a wide array of connected devices.
“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,” said Mathew Oommen, president, Reliance Jio Infocomm.
Reliance Industries recently completed a transaction to sell a 0.15 per cent stake in Jio Platforms for ₹ 730 crore to Qualcomm Ventures, a deal announced in July this year.
Jio Platforms has raised more than ₹ 1.5 lakh crore through stake sale so far this year. Its investors include Facebook, Google, Silver Lake, KKR, Mubadala and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).