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Re: 5G Technology News Discussions, Strategy and Impact to India

Postby ramana » 14 Jul 2020 08:54

It's a bubble but good that Reliance is paying back the India banks from whom they borrowed.

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Postby M_Joshi » 14 Jul 2020 20:24

Britain bans China's Huawei, handing US big win

"From the end of this year, telecoms providers must not buy any 5G equipment from Huawei," he told lawmakers.

The new guidelines also require all existing Huawei gear to be stripped out by the end of 2026.

The British review was triggered by new US sanctions in May that blocked Huawei's access to US chips and semi-conductors at the heart of 5G networks.


US action led to UK's action. Hope UK's action leads to other mankor companies doing the same & Huawei's 5G gear shining in Ethiopia, NK & Napak's telecom networks..

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Postby darshan » 14 Jul 2020 20:44

All this companies are too late to enforce their ITAR like laws but they should still get on with it. Unless they are thinking of using expat as spies. Though even in early 2000s these chinese companies were operating like defense companies in terms of preventing insider threats. Thieves were making sure that no one steals from them or does to them what they do to others.

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Postby hanumadu » 15 Jul 2020 02:23

India 5G test bed, watch from 42:30.


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Postby Raghunathgb » 15 Jul 2020 13:52

https://www.business-standard.com/artic ... 782_1.html


Saankhya Labs, India's leading wireless communication system and transformative technology solutions provider, has successfully demonstrated their new solutions for next generation communication technologies of 5G Broadcast and Direct to Mobile TV(DTM).

Saankhya Labs showed a technology demonstration of their patented 5G Broadcast solution at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona, Spain from 25th to 28th February. This is the first time in the world that a 5G Broadcast solution using the convergence of Broadband and Broadcast technology has been demonstrated anywhere in the world.

5G Broadcast is the next generation communication technology that is based on the convergence of Broadcast & Broadband networks. This solution enables telecom service providers to offload video traffic from their mobile network onto the 'cellularized' broadcast network. This will help decongest mobile spectrum use by offloading the video traffic that accounts for maximum data use. This will improve usage of mobile spectrum and increase the user experience by freeing bandwidth which will help reduce call drops, increase data speeds etc.

Video traffic is the fastest growing traffic on mobile networks. World over, about 60% of mobile data usage is of video content, and this is expected to increase to over 75% by 2022. The Indian mobile market is expected to grow to more than 850 million users. 5G broadcast will help unchoke the mobile networks from this huge video traffic.

This solution not only helps the Mobile Operators to free up bandwidth and provide a superior user experience, but also will help broadcasters to monetize their broadcast spectrum by reaching millions of additional mobile subscribers.

5G Broadcast has a wide variety of applications such as, Multimedia and Entertainment including HD TV to Mobile devices, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR and AR) Services. It can be a very effective solution for Emergency Broadcast Services, Internet of Things, Various Automotive applications such as Firmware Upgrade Over the Air (FOTA), broadcast of mapping and GIS data for Driverless Vehicles, Automotive Infotainment etc.

Saankhya Labs is providing a complete solution for 5G broadcast which include:

(1) 'Cellularized' Low-power Broadcast transmitter,

(2) Mobile receiver (USB device) based on its own chipset and

(3) the analytics and decision engine software on mobile network core which enables the switching between Broadband and Broadcast networks.

At MWC 2019, Saankhya's 5G broadcast technology demonstrations generated a lot of interest among various telecom operators and broadcasters.

Apart from 5G Broadcast, Saankhya's another solution called Direct to Mobile TV (DTM), will allow mobile devices to receive terrestrial Digital TV. As more and more people are watching entertainment content on portable devices, DTM gives the option to watch Free to Air Linear TV such as Live sports, news etc on their mobile devices without buffering and without a data network.

Both the technology solutions i.e. 5G Broadcast and Direct to Mobile TV are powered by Saankhya's indigenous Pruthvi-3 Chipsets based on award winning and patented SDR architecture. Pruthvi-3 is a fully programmable multi-standard chipset that supports next generation communication standards. Pruthvi-3 chipset was launched last year in December by Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications, Shri. Manoj Sinha.

Parag Naik, Co-Founder and CEO, Saankhya Labs, said, "The majority of the content on mobile devices is in the form of videos. This exponential rise in video consumption poses a great challenge to network operators who are looking at efficient video delivery solutions. The offload of videos from broadband to broadcast under the 5G broadcast aims to resolve this issue. We at Saankhya Labs are working on several such next generation technology developments including our futuristic Cognitive RAN solution that can help build a more open and better mobile device eco system beyond 5G."










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Postby chetak » 15 Jul 2020 16:36

M_Joshi wrote:Britain bans China's Huawei, handing US big win

"From the end of this year, telecoms providers must not buy any 5G equipment from Huawei," he told lawmakers.

The new guidelines also require all existing Huawei gear to be stripped out by the end of 2026.

The British review was triggered by new US sanctions in May that blocked Huawei's access to US chips and semi-conductors at the heart of 5G networks.


US action led to UK's action. Hope UK's action leads to other mankor companies doing the same & Huawei's 5G gear shining in Ethiopia, NK & Napak's telecom networks..


the US ban on huawei is not as innocuous as it looks on the surface.

the US ban on huawei automatically means that anyone using the banned huawei tech and dealing with the US will suffer the consequences.

It is primarily meant to decapitate all huawei sourced networks anywhere and everywhere.

added to that ban is a much bigger ban now looming large:

According to US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, if India, the United States and some western European countries ban Chinese apps, that takes a big tool away from the espionage work or the surveillance work of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party).


without building a chinese type of firewall, this will effectively defang the massive chinese CCP controlled social media and propaganda network operating outside china by curtailing their reach and capability to interfere.

there can be no better warning to others like facebook and twitter who operate freely across international boundaries without any fear of legal consequences for their actions.

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Postby pankajs » 15 Jul 2020 18:15

Someone pointed out on twitter that the "who's who" of bestern tech giants taking a share in Jio "may" point to the fact that Jio is nearing a critical moment/breakthrough in it life.

Could that moment be linked to development of its own 5G tech?
Is the 5G tech developed by Jio swadeshi and its own?
Is the Jio 5G tech world class?
Is the Jio 5G tech scalable and cheap and therefore exportable?

OR, is it all linked to the market opportunity that India represents? What do beepul of the forum think?

In any case, Jio 5G tech MUST be free from Huawei/ZTE in view of the beeline the bestern tech firms have made to invest.

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Postby darshan » 15 Jul 2020 18:33

There's a real possibility of viable product that's close, political directions are changing, desire to steer things to the liking to not have Indian giant like Huawei that's not under control, and of course there's need for an alternative that can compete with Huawei. One can't ask various countries to stop using Huawei without having an alternative.

It's not only 5G but there seem to be concerns about thwarting competition to social media platforms and having access to Indian data.

Does Reliance leadership fall into jaichand/pliable category or not? Will their decisions reflect India's interests or theirs? Thrse are the main questions that need to be discussed in political thread.

Added later:
The base stations are easier to achieve with western countries not actively going after you.

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Postby Vips » 15 Jul 2020 18:43

Reliance Jio announces made in India 5G network.

Ambani-led Reliance Industries has announced that it is going to enter the 5G segment in India. This was announced by the RIL’s chairman and managing director Mukesh D Ambani at the 43rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) today.

Today, I have great pride in announcing that Jio has designed and developed a complete 5G solution from scratch. This will enable us to launch a world-class 5G service in India, using 100% homegrown technologies and solutions,” said Ambani while addressing the shareholders, prospective investors, media and the general public.

Calling this a 'Made in India’ 5G solution, Ambani said this service will be ready as soon as the 5G spectrum is available in India and can be ready
for field deployment next year. Further, he assured that the upgradation from 4G to 5G will be easy.

Dedicating the launch of 5G service in India to PM Narendra Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat’s vision, Ambani also said that once it will be set up in India, the company aims to offer it to other global telecom operators. “Once Jio’s 5G solution is proven at India’s scale, Jio Platforms would be well-positioned to be an exporter to other telecom operators globally as a complete managed service,” he added.

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Postby pankajs » 15 Jul 2020 23:10

pankajs wrote:Someone pointed out on twitter that the "who's who" of bestern tech giants taking a share in Jio "may" point to the fact that Jio is nearing a critical moment/breakthrough in it life.

Could that moment be linked to development of its own 5G tech?
Is the 5G tech developed by Jio swadeshi and its own?
Is the Jio 5G tech world class?
Is the Jio 5G tech scalable and cheap and therefore exportable?

OR, is it all linked to the market opportunity that India represents? What do beepul of the forum think?

In any case, Jio 5G tech MUST be free from Huawei/ZTE in view of the beeline the bestern tech firms have made to invest.

https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1283336172916228097
Jio has developed a complete 5G solution from scratch, this will enable us to launch a world-class 5G service in India. This will be ready for trial as a soon as 5G specturm is available & can be ready for field deployment next year: Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani
Once Jio's 5G solution is proven at India scale, Jio platforms would be well-positioned to be an exporter of 5G solutions to other telecom operators globally as a complete managed service: Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani

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Postby uskumar » 15 Jul 2020 23:27

pankajs wrote:Jio has developed a complete 5G solution from scratch

Vietnam mobile company Viettel has already done it. Demoed it and going to be commercially available by oct this year.

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Postby pankajs » 15 Jul 2020 23:37

^^
Someone American quite a while back pointed out the Huawei was the leader NOT because it had superior technology but because its offering were cheap and backed by financing from the Chinese state. I, myself, have no clue about the technology.

So the tech may not be the differentiator therefore my question regarding quality, scalability and cost that will ultimately determine the winner. Chinese Huawei had all 3 and therefore was a potential winner. If Jio able to match or exceed on those 3 parameters it too would have a winner on its hand.

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Postby mukkan » 16 Jul 2020 00:21

Not much details other than below from announcement. Is it network mgmt solutions like those from Ericsson/Nokia/Huawei that Jio is claiming to have developed?

Jio has developed a complete 5G solution from scratch, this will enable us to launch a world-class 5G service in India. This will be ready for trial as a soon as 5G specturm is available & can be ready for field deployment next year: Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani
Once Jio's 5G solution is proven at India scale, Jio platforms would be well-positioned to be an exporter of 5G solutions to other telecom operators globally as a complete managed service: Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani

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Postby chanakyaa » 16 Jul 2020 07:24

pankajs wrote:...So the tech may not be the differentiator therefore my question regarding quality, scalability and cost that will ultimately determine the winner. Chinese Huawei had all 3 and therefore was a potential winner. If Jio able to match or exceed on those 3 parameters it too would have a winner on its hand.

More specifically, Huawei has built (or has capability to build) a complete (or near complete) ecosystem of everything that is needed for 5G to happen. This includes 5G chip inside a smart phone and all the networking/carrier infrastructure installed at the wireless stations (e.g. MIMO Active Antenna Units (AAUs)). Sort of a combination of Qualcomm + Cisco. Theoretically, a call made and received on Huawei phone can completely stay on Huawei ecosystem. Today it is stays completely in NATO ecosystem. Pick your poison.

Example of something part of 5G ecosystem: ACTIVE ANTENNA 5G

Coming to Jio. Based on available info, Jio seems to be building a Solution (i.e. infrastructure). Mukesh bhai is very good at headline grabbing statement.

https://twitter.com/reliancejio/status/1283331939903000578
Google and Jio are partnering to build an Operating System that could power a value engineered, entry-level 4G/5G smartphone. The Jio-Google partnership is determined to make India 2G-mukt: Mukesh Ambani at #RILAGM

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Postby chanakyaa » 16 Jul 2020 07:41

pankajs wrote:Someone pointed out on twitter that the "who's who" of bestern tech giants taking a share in Jio "may" point to the fact that Jio is nearing a critical moment/breakthrough in it life.

Could that moment be linked to development of its own 5G tech?
Is the 5G tech developed by Jio swadeshi and its own?
Is the Jio 5G tech world class?
Is the Jio 5G tech scalable and cheap and therefore exportable?

OR, is it all linked to the market opportunity that India represents? What do beepul of the forum think?...

The meat of the 5G is in microchips based on the new standards, specifications and associated software. As posted above, Reliance is building an infrastructure (i.e. Solution) using now mostly bhestern products and it is all linked to the market opportunity that India represents. Without the ability to grow homegrown networking gear, the 'atmanirbhar Bharat' is not possible.
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Postby Anujan » 16 Jul 2020 08:08

pankajs wrote:^^
Someone American quite a while back pointed out the Huawei was the leader NOT because it had superior technology but because its offering were cheap and backed by financing from the Chinese state. I, myself, have no clue about the technology.

So the tech may not be the differentiator therefore my question regarding quality, scalability and cost that will ultimately determine the winner. Chinese Huawei had all 3 and therefore was a potential winner. If Jio able to match or exceed on those 3 parameters it too would have a winner on its hand.


It is not quite that simple.

Huawei's products started out as cheap copycats, and are actually better than many western offerings at this point in time. Take for example their cell phones, their offerings are competitive to samsung and apple and without trump ban would have become the largest phone manufacturer.

Huawei's 5g solutions are truly cheaper and better than western offerings for many use cases at this point in time.

There are two types of money advantages they get. Tax breaks, R&D funding etc from cheen govt, which western firms also get (take boeing for example). Foreign assistance to build out telcom networks, esp in africa which is subsidized by cheen govt.

Even without the latter, in some use cases their solution is better and cost effective. The biggest support they got from cheen was cheen government only sourcing from them and nurturing them till their products got better.

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Postby suryag » 16 Jul 2020 08:12

Huawei has an interesting business model until 4G, quite popular with operators. They give you NW infrastructure for free, they will also plan the deployment of the base stations and back end, you only pay an annual "maintenance" demand pay them cuts on their UE devices which incidentally are the only ones that run best on their NW(they have smart mechanisms to accomplish this :))

E/// lost the entire African market due to this business model

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Postby suryag » 16 Jul 2020 08:16

Anujan Garu sorry I disagree big time, their UE and NW are purely average grade. As I mentioned their devices work best with their network only, in comp benchmarks we did internally(these are not paid ones that some blogs put, very rigorous ones aimed at gauging our competitors' KPI) they came fourth

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Postby Raghunathgb » 16 Jul 2020 08:52

suryag wrote:Anujan Garu sorry I disagree big time, their UE and NW are purely average grade. As I mentioned their devices work best with their network only, in comp benchmarks we did internally(these are not paid ones that some blogs put, very rigorous ones aimed at gauging our competitors' KPI) they came fourth


Suryag sir, what's your take on reliance jio developing 5g solution from scratch.

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Postby Mollick.R » 16 Jul 2020 12:11

So Bada Ambani is building some short of domestic 5G tech. My understanding is it is software stack & may be some limited hardware components. Investments by Qualcomm in Jio Platform gives some hint on the direction they may take on hardware / IP licencing side.

Possibility-1:

IF Bada Ambani really gets in house (some short of domestic) capability to deploy and manage 5G solution I can foresee another interesting battle Indian telecom sector heading for. RIL/ Jio will lobby with government to ban or at least restrict (like higher import duty or mandatory setting up more debugging/sanitation /No inbuilt bugs present certification centers etc etc) Huwai/ZTE made 5G telecom gear. Putting Telclos importing Chinese gear on friction & taking out some cost advantage from them.
Having in house 5G system will definitely give RIL/Jio cost & logistic /administrative advantage vis a vis running to OEM for support and managing Chinese imports (while mood of the nation being anti China).

As Huwai/ZTE made 5G equipments are some 25-40% cheaper compared to western or south korean maal the other solvent telcos will cry foul. Because as of now they don't have any thing comparable in house and outright ban or restriction on import of of China maal will force them to buy expensive western/korean gear. Again we may see in COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) RIL is found standing on opposite side than other Telcos.


Possibility-2:

RIL/JIO being super smart, they are just doing a mass PR campaign with this in house 5G tech. Their claim is highly
inflated. They may have developed/ acquired some capability in 5G, but no where that makes them fully self reliant on 5G. RIL is doing this PR just to save them from public and political wrath in future, when they import cheap made in China 5G gear. They will say it is having X% domestic content value wise or item wise or XYZ chine company is just manufacturing as per RIL technical specifications/drawing & IP & royalty etc remains in desh blah blah blah.......

Interesting time ahead.

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Postby chetak » 16 Jul 2020 14:09

To make ameriki companies to agree to this sort of financial commitments, jio would have had to read in many potential partners as part of its sales pitch. jio would have probably started to do this maybe a year ago and the GoI would have to be on board.

some came on board, some have obviously not done so and it looks like the europeans may have given jio a collective miss.

with the EU in a mess, the europeans may want to keep their powder dry and their war chests intact for the time being

The ameriki govt (SD, CIA etc) is obviously a big part of the push for the jio gold rush in terms of providing long term politico commercial intelligence, as well as, country specific risk assessment forecasts.

does this mean that they are betting on Modi returning in the next GE. only time will tell.

So, what do the amerikis know that we don't.

Especially interesting to us would be: how do they think that the china threat to India will pan out in the short to medium term.

The MEA under jayashankar seems to be read in and also, this time around, our chinese border faceoff strategy seems to more surefooted than flatfooted pointing to a much alert MoD with pointedly more military input than babuz input.

BTW, the GoI seems to have blocked off ambani's aramco deal for now and said deal is squarely in the strataegic space where mother russia has already been accommodated so it would be interesting to see how the very obvious and insistent aramco interest would pan out going forward.

Explained: Amid China chill, US tech giants warm up to Jio




Explained: Amid China chill, US tech giants warm up to Jio

With the exception of Microsoft, all other firms have a stake in Jio Platforms. In effect, 27.61% of Jio is now owned by US firms.



Pranav Mukul
New Delhi
July 16, 2020


With Google on board, Jio now has business arrangements with five US technology giants

Google’s investment of Rs 33,737 crore, or $4.5 billion, in Jio Platforms takes the total money pumped into India’s largest telecom company by US-based investors to more than $16.7 billion — almost half of what India received from the US as foreign direct investment (FDI) over the last two decades.

Jio’s fundraising spree this year has also left behind the cumulative investments made in India’s technology sector in the whole of 2019, which stood at $9.36 billion.

Between April 2000 and April 2020, cumulative FDI inflows from the US stood at $29.78 billion, according to Department of Commerce data (not including investments by US-based companies routed through other jurisdictions such as Mauritius, British Virgin Islands etc.).

With Google on board, Jio now has business arrangements with five US technology giants – Facebook for a partnership of its messaging platform WhatsApp with Jio’s e-commerce venture JioMart; Microsoft for its cloud computing platform Azure; Google for building an Android-based smartphone operating system; and Intel and Qualcomm for developing new products.

With the exception of Microsoft, all other firms have a stake in Jio Platforms. In effect, 27.61% of Jio is now owned by US firms.

This assumes significance when the Indian government has signalled curbs on Chinese technology investments while banning 59 mobile apps with links to Chinese Internet majors such as Alibaba – one of the largest Chinese investors in Indian start-ups.

The first one to step in was Facebook that purchased a 9.99% stake in Jio back in April for Rs 43,573.62 crore, or $5.7 billion, becoming the biggest minority shareholder in the company.

This was followed by a series of US-based private equity firms like TPG Capital, L Catterton, General Atlantic, Silver Lake, and West Asian sovereign funds like Mubadala and ADIA of the UAE and PIF of Saudi Arabia picking up minority stakes in Jio Platforms.

Reliance Industries, of which Jio Platforms is a unit, has so far divested 32.97% stake in the telecom company for Rs 1.52 lakh crore.

In addition to Jio, other large companies in India’s Internet sector have also been flooded with American money. Seattle-based Amazon has invested $5 billion in India, with a plan of investing an additional $1 billion in its India operations announced earlier this year.

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Postby pankajs » 16 Jul 2020 14:17

The American firms would NEVER put money in Jio but especially after the recent US order/law IFFFF they had even the slightest suspicion on Jio going for Chinese gear. Not only Jio MUST have given assurance on that and they would have verified it on their own because Jio is close to launch with it backend/network/<whatever> already sorted out.

Ambani of course can go back on his words and induct Chinese gear into his network later BUT that will invite sanctions from US in ALL his business. I don't believe Ambani will run that risk.

We can be reasonable sure that Jio is free of Chinese gear for now and the foreseeable future. Whether Jio end to end is full indigenous or has bestern components embedded is a different question. I doubt Ambanis built the whole thing out of India without having any prior experience. Likely the Ambanis sub-contracted individual segments/layers out to the best vendor out there and project managed the whole thing just as they did while building the Reliance Refinery at Jamnagar.

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Postby anmol » 16 Jul 2020 16:18

Is Reliance Jio really making its own 5G technology? Maybe! | Frontier Enterprise

John Tanner

In late February, during US president Donald Trump’s trip to India, he reportedly asked Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani if his mobile operator Reliance Jio had plans for 5G. Ambani told him that not only is Jio planning to launch 5G, it will be the only 5G network on Earth “that doesn’t have a single Chinese component.”

When Ambani said that, the assumption was that he meant Jio would not buy 5G gear from Huawei or ZTE, but would instead stick with Samsung, which also makes 5G equipment and is Jio’s current 4G supplier. Jio listed Samsung as a 5G partner when it submitted its 5G proposal to the India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

So imagine everyone’s surprise when, earlier this month, the Economic Times reported that Jio would forego vendors altogether and use its own in-house 5G technology instead.

To which analysts and telecoms industry observers around the world said: What?

From the ET report:

“We have now developed everything end-to-end around 5G technology. We are more scalable than these vendors and are fully automated since we have our own cloud-native platform. In 5G, we will totally be self-sufficient,” the person told ET.

It should be stated at this point that ET got this from an anonymous source, and that Jio hasn’t confirmed anything. But the implication is that Jio has literally developed every component it needs to build and launch a complete 5G network, from the base stations and antennas to the core network.

Which would be something.

Is it true? No one knows except Jio. Is it plausible? More than you’d think.

Cloud-native

First of all, Jio began life as an all-IP 4G network, which means it has no legacy circuit-switched 2G/3G gear to deal with or maintain. Because it’s designed for IP (or “cloud-native”, as ET’s source puts it), most everything is done in software. And, as it happens, Jio has a lot of mobile software expertise at its disposal. One of Reliance’s subsidiaries is 4G software firm Rancore Technologies, which bought acquired US-based software company Radisys in 2018.

This is perhaps the key to the puzzle, because the telecoms sector in general is moving towards an era where telecoms operations are done in software that’s decoupled from the hardware. This is after all the whole point of SDN and NFV. Moreover, as operators undergo digital transformation, more and more of them are moving some or all of their B/OSS systems to public-cloud providers like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud.

As for 5G, according to a new paper from Rethink Research [PDF], the evolution roadmap for 5G eventually culminates in a cloud-native 5G core network whose functions are disaggregated and deployed in containers as microservices, and then a cloud-native radio access network (RAN), at which point operators will ditch pricey proprietary vendor hardware in favor of specialized open-source 5G software running on commodity hardware.

There are several industry groups working on this ‘Open RAN’ concept, including Facebook’s Telecom Infra Project and the operator-led O-Ran Alliance (both of whom just signed a deal last month to coordinate their activities). The basic idea is to turn base stations into white boxes running custom software. This wouldn’t cut existing 5G vendors out of the picture – it would simply force them to shift their business model from hardware to software, thus enabling open multi-vendor RAN environments.

While Open RAN is believed to still be at least a year or two away from commercial reality, Japan’s Rakuten Mobile – which, like Jio, is a greenfield cloud-native mobile network –claims to have already done it. Earlier this month, Rakuten Mobile announced it had successfully deployed a fully virtualized, cloud native, open RAN (albeit six months behind schedule), and will use it to launch 4G services in April, and will upgrade it to 5G in June.

The patent problem

So it’s possible this is what Jio more or less has in mind – in which case it arguably has the software skills to skip the 5G vendors and take the DIY route. (As for the hardware, the ET report claims Jio has designed the necessary hardware that can be manufactured by third parties.)

On the other hand, Rakuten Mobile didn’t skip vendors in favour of in-house tech – it contracted a range of vendors for equipment, software, and services. For example, Altiostar (which Rakuten owns) and Nokia are reportedly supplying the 4G antennas, while NEC will build the massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antenna components needed for 5G. Airspan, Cisco, Intel, Mavenir and Qualcomm are also listed as vendors.

The other thing about 5G equipment – especially when it comes to antennas and radios – is that it’s highly specialized and sophisticated technology. More to the point, it’s highly patented.

When Vietnamese operator Viettel announced last year – and again this past January – that it was going to not only deploy its own 5G hardware and software but also sell it to other operators, a number of analysts expressed doubt. Their main objection, according to the BBC, was that 5G isn’t the sort of technology you can slap together in your basement in a few months, and even if it was, you’d have to license the necessary technology from the very vendors you don’t want to buy equipment from, which would not be cheap.

In any case, we’ll find out sooner or later once Jio launches its 5G network. And it will probably be later. The DoT had hoped to auction off 5G spectrum next month, but last week it decided to delay the auction to August for an all-too-familiar reason: its spectrum prices are so high that India’s operators – who are all running on razor-thin margins in a hypercompetitive market – can’t afford it. The general expectation is that India may not see 5G services until at least the middle of next year, or even until 2022.

Plenty of time for Jio to gets its gear ready, perhaps.
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Postby mukkan » 16 Jul 2020 18:59

5G announcements maybe related to openRAN based solutions they developed.

Oommen said that the time ripe for India and US to work together to get into leveraging the disaggregation of hardware and software, and open interface and OpenRAN to create an ecosystem of scale and adoption.

"...cloud is the opportunity to bring the scale and also include the likes of Nokia and Ericsson of the world. It is important for us to accelerate the ecosystem and incentivize traditional vendors to get into open interface model to drive transformation...if we don't do that there will be friction," Oommen said


https://telecom.economictimes.indiatime ... n/76694574

https://telecominfraproject.com/openran/

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Postby darshan » 16 Jul 2020 19:17

Non network side of 4G/5G would have required presence from long ago to build from scratch. Only failed venture available on that front was Intel's but that was picked up by Apple.

Lot of anechoic chamber and RF test equipment vendors would have been in India if things were shaping up on the non network side. Also, uptick in positive news on semiconductor side.

Going closer and closer to RF side should be the next goal. Even in small deployments. Lots of positive effects of tweaking waveforms and RF.

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Postby nvishal » 16 Jul 2020 21:24

If JIO is so confident on 5G then it has probably accounted for:

1) PCB fabrication. It may have acquired the crucial components(the main chip off course) from an OEM(unnamed for now). JIO has designed its own phones/routers in the past(albeit order given to/mass produced in Vietnam).

2) Software solution from RADISYS

Jio claimed to be 5G compatible since the day it arrived. It claims to have prepared for 5G since inception.

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Postby vijayk » 16 Jul 2020 21:59

So basically RADISYS is owned by Reliance Jio ... Didn't realize that

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Postby suryag » 16 Jul 2020 22:32

Radisys is a good SW company. They have a good niche in terms of NAS/PDCP/RLC/MAC layers of the stack. They also have good solutions for NFV all in all a good piece. This is the one that Jio can heavily customize given the circumstance(that of not having anything on the HW side). Good beginning, just want to caution that what Radisys had as of 2019 is about 10% of the whole puzzle

Inspired by stalwarts like Maitya Sir I am trying to write a long post on how we can Make/Design in India - "raksha sanchar network abhiyaan", need another couple of hours to complete the full spectrum of network, ue and backbone network side, lets see when i complete it

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Postby Jayram » 16 Jul 2020 22:55

Putting this out there. Reliance bought Radisys with more than $300 million in revenue and 700 employees for just $75 million in 2018!! Radisys originally went public at $12 a share and Reliance bought it at just $1.72 per share. I did not see if the company was in distress of any kind having just acquired another company for $110 million the year prior.
If everything is kosher about this purchase hats off to Jio for a steal in true guju business style. :eek:

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Postby ranneel » 16 Jul 2020 23:18

Radisys also has expertise in baseband/physical layer. They have been building Femtocell for UMTS HSDPA and LTE. So graduating to 5G cellular system should not be so difficult.

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Postby ranneel » 16 Jul 2020 23:24

Its possible to build an opensource 5G system through open source software like openAirInterface. Not sure how much carrier grade they are and max active users it can support though. You can also buy and build close to carrier grade systems by buying the protocol stack from companies like Amarisoft and building one along with the Core Network for an end to end system.

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5G – The “hen” that will lay the Golden Eggs

Aayush Bhatnagar
Dec 29, 2019 · 7 min read

https://medium.com/@aayushbhatnagar_10462


It is somewhat amusing to see the emotions in the room, when the word “5G” is mentioned during industry meetings and discussions.While there are “over-enthusiasts” who see 5G as the start and end of the universe, we also have nay-sayers who feel that its over hyped and brings nothing to the table.Then we have the “wait and watch” brigade, who do not take a position, but maintain a perfect balance by muttering about the “potential” that 5G brings – and that a “lot of work” still needs to be done !5G has also given a new lease of life to the Telco ISV Marketing and Sales teams, who are applying their creativity while pitching 5G technology and software to potential clients.From connected sandwiches to low latency sleeping pills, everything seems to fit the “5G use case”.In this dynamic ecosystem, it becomes important to take a pragmatic view of what 5G means for the consumer, businesses and governments.

We have seen increasing interest in Governments regarding the deployment and ownership of 5G technology.A global geo-political race has begun for 5G supremacy – which is good for technology adoption, and provides industries with an incentive to keep investing. China and the USA are at the epicentre of this geo-political conflict for 5G dominance. While China wants to lead the adoption and development of all aspects of 5G technology, the US does not want to miss the bus and desperately wants to remain relevant. After having lost Lucent Technologies which was a network vendor (Alcatel-Lucent, which later merged into Nokia), the US is left with very limited options for indigenous network development. China on the other hand, has Huawei and ZTE as the network equipment behemoths who have a global footprint in the radio and core network segments. The US through Qualcomm and Intel dominates the chipset and server computing market. However, China has aggressive plans to counter both Qualcomm and Intel with its own R&D programs in both areas. The next 4–5 years will be interesting to watch, especially how this geo-political tussle pans out – and we may also need to watch out for 5G dark horses (maybe from India :P ). At the onset of 4G LTE, the “handset maturity” debate was a major cause for concern. VoLTE supported handsets took some time to come to the mass market, and even when they did – the price points were at the higher side. Even as 4G handsets took some time to proliferate the market, the situation in 5G is much better. 5G enabled handsets are coming to the market at a feverish pace. The chinese handset makers – Vivo, Oppo, Huawei, ZTE and Xiaomi are leading the charge, with Korea’s Samsung and LG not too far behind. An updated status on the availability of commercial 5G phones is covered here iPhone users (like me) will probably get a 5G iPhone in 2020 (rumoured). With the availability of cost effective handsets, adoption in the market is expected to accelerate from Q2 of 2020.

Fixed Wireless Access is the most popular early use case of 5G. It allows consumers to enjoy gigabit speeds inside the home, with no need for last mile fiber to the home. FWA accelerates 5G adoption inside the home, through an outdoor CPE device (also known as the FWA terminal). This terminal acts as a device and attaches to the network over the radio interface. An ethernet interface from the FWA terminal goes inside the home, and connects to a Wi-Fi access point to provide in-home coverage. The Wi-Fi technology which is preferred for use is Wi-Fi 6. The technology for Wi-Fi 6 is based on the 802.11ax WiFi standards which uses 1024 QAM and can provide peak speeds of 9.6 Gbps throughput. While 802.11 ac routers would also work, in order to be future proof, Wi-Fi 6 APs should be deployed with 5G FWA in order to provide the best experience. Handset manufacturers are also embedding support for Wi-Fi 6 proactively to take advantage of this standard.

While the earlier generations of radio technologies were predominantly focussed on more efficient radio spectrum usage, 5G moves beyond just radio. Having said that, 5G NR does provide improvements such as scalable numerology – which enables the use of 5G from sub 6 GHz bands to millimeter wave bands. Other features of note include Massive MIMO being the baseline for the technology, numerology multiplexing, beam sweeping and support for mini slots for lower latency (uRLLC) scheduling of traffic. However, in addition to radio, 5G encompasses the core network and agile operations as a “whole” by re-imagining the entire network architecture. The 5G core network envisions “Network Functions” which expose “Service Based Interfaces” inspired from the RESTful paradigm. The core network design also institutionalises API exposure and network discovery – enabling automation to be part of the network design.The 5G core network when deployed in Standalone Mode (SA) enables the innovative capabilities of the network. As a matter of fact, SA-mode enables network slicing, MMTC (IoT) as well as low latency services. Non-standalone mode can only deliver eMBB services. Most progressive carriers are migrating to 5G Standalone Mode starting from 2020. While NSA mode bootstrapped early deployments of 5G, it is the standalone mode which will deliver on the promise and use cases of 5G. The 5G CAPIF Architecture coupled with the 5G Network Exposure Function (NEF) will catalyse the integration of the 5G core network with vertical platforms such as those of industrial IoT, Drone control systems among many more. I had written a detailed post on the 5G core network architecture sometime back, which can be found here

The 5G network functions are envisioned to be cloud native, bringing the ETSI MANO architecture to the forefront of deployment and automation. Cloud Native NFV will be the central theme for deployment of the 5G CN microservices. Containers enable friction-less automation of network deployment, auto scaling as well as faster turnaround times for changes in the 5G network (CI/CD) Containers and Openstack based deployments can be seamlessly combined from the “Rocky” Release of Openstack. Hence, a transition option is also available for network equipment providers. Cloud native deployments are more lightweight than their hypervisor led counterparts, and hence cloud native 5G network functions would find it much easier for edge deployments – which is one of the important needs of 5G MMTC and uRLLC. Networks need to move rapidly to Cloud Native NFV, as 5G networks promise massive scaling to billions of connected things. While network equipment providers are still playing “catch up” in 2019, it is widely expected that 2020 will be the year of cloud native 5G.

5G capabilities open up interesting business opportunities and models. Some of the prominent ones are discussed below along with a tentative time “slice” indicating the gustation period after which the use case reaches an inflection point and becomes mass market. While FWA competes with last mile fibre and in certain cases “extends” fibre connectivity, it is a rapid way to acquire new homes and small enterprises. (2019–2020)Advertising may get reimagined through 5G AR/VR capabilities as the eMBB service will enable more immersive experiences both indoors and in outdoor spaces. (2020–2021) Remote Healthcare would become a reality with a blend of uRLLC and eMBB. We may not see remote surgeries for a while, but remote health assistance would become more feasible. (2020–2022) Drones would find a strong 5G backhaul to deliver services across industries – from eCommerce, to security. (2019–2020)Connected Cars would help in smart assisted driving and improve public safety on the roads by reducing the possibility of accidents. (2019–2021) Autonomous driving may completely disrupt the supply chain industry where driverless trucks can independently carry goods 24x7 on long highway routes. (2021–2023) Smart Cities would get a boost with 5G, where all electric appliances, as well as common public utilities can be connected and made “smarter” such as “smart meters” and “smart plugs”. (2021–2023)MVNO models would become more interesting with network slicing. (2020–2022)Enterprise service slices would open up disruptive use cases for the SaaS industry. (2020–2022) Edge Clouds would become ubiquitous with 5G backhaul, and would enable use cases for the PaaS and IaaS industry. (2020–2022)Home Entertainment would reach a new level of immersive experiences with VR over 5G, and challenge the cable industry into extinction. (2020) 5G robotics will automate the agriculture industry with autonomous tillers, harvesters and tractors. They will also help in routine civil maintenance such as repairs and cleaning appliances working in an automated fashion in smart cities. (2023–2026) While business models may be much more in number and in diversity, 5G will surely re-imagine and re-hash the present use cases which we see today. 5G business model success would depend upon the creation of connected ecosystems and partnerships beyond technology enablers. For telcos, it will be critical to participate in this ecosystem play, or else they risk becoming cloud native dumb pipes !If you liked this article, pls leave a comment/clap, and feel free to connect on LinkedIn

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BusinessLine: For home-grown 5G, RJio bets on free platform Open RAN.
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/in ... 105779.ece

About 70 per cent of the cost to build telecom networks comes from buying Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment, including base stations, radio antennae, receivers. Until now, this was based on proprietary software and hardware supplied as an end-to-end solution by the likes of Nokia, Ericsson, and Huawei. Open RAN (O-Ran) attempts to make core network equipment vendor-neutral with disaggregation of hardware and software functions built on general purpose processors.

According to industry sources, Jio has been quietly working on the open source platform for at least two years. “Jio has had multiple teams on this project for two years at least. Its acquisition of Bengaluru-based Radisys in 2018 was part of this plan,” said an industry source.

So basically run on programmable ARM processors similar to arduino/stm types.

Clearly, if Chinese was affordable(but banned) and western was too expensive, open source was the answer.

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Postby nvishal » 17 Jul 2020 14:29

More on OpenRAN and challenges:

OpenRAN vulnerable to being bought out by existing proprietary firms
https://www.lightreading.com/5g/open-ra ... -id/761599
A favorite tactic of the leviathan is to keep a watchful eye on smaller fish and gobble any that start to look dangerous. Facebook has done it repeatedly. Dodging slow-witted competition watchdogs, the social network eliminated one emerging threat with its $1 billion takeover of Instagram in 2012. Two years later, it dealt with another when it paid a jaw-dropping $19 billion for WhatsApp. Neither target did much real business at the time it was swallowed. Yet both seemed capable of hitting Facebook where it hurts.

Similar predation now looks possible in the telecom equipment sector as operators increasingly call for open RAN. This much ballyhooed "system" has become an umbrella term for technologies that tick all sorts of telco demands. Want a more software-based network? Check. Need something that's truly cloud-native? Look no further. Prefer general-purpose to customized processors? It covers that, too. Strictly speaking, though, open RAN is about replacing the interfaces used in today's radio access networks with standards that would facilitate competition. And that gives Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia – the RAN leviathans – a good reason to be suspicious.

To the open RAN community, the main technology culprit is an important interface that serves the link between radios and signal-processing equipment. Known as CPRI (for common public radio interface), this "fronthaul" interface is only half-baked, say critics. As a result of its incompleteness, a service provider is forced to buy radios and signal-processing (or baseband) products from the same vendor to avoid interoperability problems. CPRI's shortcomings, then, have been a helpful barrier to competition for the RAN giants. "That's the one specification that does need to be made open," says John Baker, the senior vice president of business development for Mavenir, one of the emerging open RAN players.

A complete, open fronthaul interface is precisely what Mavenir and its open RAN friends say they have now developed through an organization called the O-RAN Alliance, announced to the wider world at Mobile World Congress in 2018. Using this interface, instead of CPRI, vendors should theoretically be able to build more interoperable RAN products, allowing an operator to combine different suppliers in the same network.

Until now, open RAN has seemed like a pretty harmless fish in the RAN waters. In the first quarter of 2020, the technology accounted for less than 1% of the total RAN market, says Stefan Pongratz, an analyst at market-research firm Dell'Oro. Ericsson and Huawei have been dismissive, drawing attention to the relatively poor performance of open RAN technology compared with their longer established and more customized products.

But that is changing fast as service providers and even governments demand support for open RAN technology, seeing it as a potential alternative to risky suppliers like Huawei. Software advances are helping to compensate for some of open RAN's hardware limitations. During an investor update this week, Ericsson reportedly gave its strongest signal yet that it wants a major role in the open RAN market. Nokia has already opened its RAN interfaces for a commercial deployment by Japan's Rakuten. A well-informed source thinks all the equipment giants, including Huawei, have already experimented with open RAN technology behind closed doors.

This is both exciting and troubling for operators and open RAN vendors. Exciting because a commitment by Ericsson or Nokia would be a major catalyst for the market, said Alex Choi, Deutsche Telekom's senior vice president of technology and innovation, during a conversation with Light Reading earlier this year. "If they are really serious about implementing O-RAN-compliant equipment according to the operators' demands, then things will be accelerated," he said.

There may be trouble ahead
The troubling part is that Ericsson or Nokia could be to open RAN what Facebook was to Instagram and WhatsApp. Indeed, the mismatch between an open RAN startup and an equipment giant pocketing $25 billion in annual sales is so extreme that takeover activity might not even register on the regulatory radar, unless geopolitics intrudes. "We are concerned about the smaller innovators being acquired by the big vendors," Choi told Light Reading. "It could happen."

Choi drew a parallel with developments in the public cloud market. "We have only three hyperscalers in the public cloud and there used to be many more." What's more, the hyperscalers themselves could also be interested in buying open RAN developers, said the Deutsche Telekom man. Since he made those comments, Microsoft has pounced on Affirmed Networks and Metaswitch, two companies in the core network market, making a bid for an open RAN player less difficult to imagine. If it happened, the Nordic vendors would have an even greater reason to hit the takeover trail.

But acquisitions are not the only way they could stymie the open RAN challenge. Expertise in this area is hardly unavailable to them, with their combined research-and-development budget of almost $9 billion last year. Even if they are not the most active participants in the O-RAN Alliance, they control the CPRI specification and its e-CPRI successor, along with Huawei and Japan's NEC, and already have a complete standard they have kept secret, according to Mavenir's Baker. "Between themselves they filled the specification out, but publicly it has 200 parameters missing," he says. "Among the four of them they know exactly what they are doing and so they can essentially control this thing."

A future price war triggered by open RAN could finish off smaller players that lack muscular supporters. Perhaps partly to prevent that as well as an unwelcome takeover, Rakuten and Spain's Telefónica have made investments in Altiostar, one of Mavenir's rivals. The Telecom Infra Project (TIP), a Facebook-led association promoting open network technologies, is also providing financial support for startups through facilities it calls TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centers (or TEACs). Choi thinks the O-RAN Alliance could "do something similar" to help new firms developing O-RAN-compliant products.

Even so, one scenario is that some open RAN vendors simply usher in new technology and drive down prices before they are swallowed up or collapse, leaving today's dominant RAN vendors weakened but still in control. This might not bother service providers if it boosts competition and makes them less reliant on individual suppliers. And provided they can make a profit, Ericsson and Nokia would naturally prefer a diminished role to being dumped by customers zealous about open RAN.

"Despite being a provider of what is a hardware platform and radio, Nokia is making a very healthy margin on this account," says Tareq Amin, Rakuten Mobile's chief technology officer, about the Finnish vendor's role in his open RAN network. "There is a way for existing incumbents to make this revenue because we want them to survive in this world." Nokia, specifically, is providing 4G radios that use RAN software developed by Altiostar.

Limited competition is probably not the future envisaged by smaller open RAN companies or politicians touting the technology as a substitute for not only Huawei but also the Nordic firms. Yet Choi is optimistic that smaller firms will be able to thrive. "As long as the market is growing and we make open architecture stronger, then all these individual building blocks can be easily integrated," he told Light Reading. "And then I don't think big vendors can acquire all these companies because there will be too many."

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Postby Raghunathgb » 17 Jul 2020 18:19

http://www.cogencis.com/newssection/ril ... or-75-mln/


RIL’s telecom subsidiary, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, has filed for 68 patents, according to the company’s 2017-18 (Apr-Mar) annual report. Radisys Corp will add at least another 60 patents to its intellectual property assets.

Radisys Corp holds 37 patents in the US and 17 foreign utility patents, with 6 applications pending in the US, according to the company’s 2017 annual report.



The number of patents filed by reliance itself gives a idea that they were doing R&D silently without much noise. If anybody can give figures of patent filed in subsequent years we can get some idea on how serious were they on their 5g solution.

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Postby Raghunathgb » 17 Jul 2020 18:35

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/in ... ssion=true




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For home-grown 5G, RJio bets on free platform Open RAN
Thomas K Thomas Updated on July 16, 2020



Cuts cost, frees firm from dependence on vendors
Mukesh Ambani’s plans to build home-grown 5G network solution is based on an open source telecom platform called Open RAN. This network platform, similar to how open source software became a game changer in the 1990s, attempts to build telecom radio and base stations using non-proprietary technology. It will help bring down costs drastically compared to buying proprietary gear from the likes of Nokia and Ericsson.

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Postby suryag » 17 Jul 2020 18:41

This is great news am eagerly looking forward to some level of indigenous gear from Radisys. Good going Jio

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Postby mappunni » 18 Jul 2020 03:04

Altiostar which recently rolled out O-RAN network at Rakuten network in Japan

And one of the key investors at Altiostar is TechMahindra.

https://www.altiostar.com/who-we-are/investors/

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Postby Vips » 18 Jul 2020 04:27

Tech Mahindra- ITI to make 5G tech in India.

ITI Limited, a public sector undertaking (PSU) manufacturing telecom and defence equipment and information technology service provider Tech Mahindra, a have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together in the areas of 4G & 5G smart networks, Smart Cities and Health Care services.

ITI and Tech Mahindra will collaborate to create “Make in India" stack as part of this MoU for the upcoming 4G & 5G opportunities in India. A large part of Tech Mahindra's business involves providing software solutions for telecom companies.

ITI Limited, will produce the 4G technology upgradeable to 5G Radio access network and related equipment in line with government’s initiative of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat. Tech Mahindra will be responsible for providing the software intellectual property, implementation and integration services, operations and maintenance services. Indian companies have been quite vocal lately about reducing their dependence Chinese imports and replace it with domestic alternatives. China accounts for around 14 % of India’s total imports, and major items in the import basket being components for smartphones and automobile, telecom equipment, plastic and metallic goods, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), and other chemicals.

This partnership intends to jointly build a framework that will provide solutions of the upcoming wireless technologies to different telecom service providers in the country and also address business opportunities globally.

R M Agarwal, Chairman & Managing Director, ITI Limited,said, “The initiative is to build local competence by synergising the offerings of ITI & Tech Mahindra to create a next generation wireless stack that will help India to become self‐sufficient in the area of telecommunications."

ITI with state of the art facilities and capabilities for manufacturing Telecom equipment plans to manufacture the eNodeB and 5G new radio products in the different plants using Tech Mahindra software and wireless technologies. 5G New Radio is a new radio access technology (RAT) to be the global standard for the air interface of 5G networks. eNodeB is the hardware that is connected to the mobile phone network that communicates directly wirelessly with mobile handsets, like a base transceiver station in GSM networks.

The partnership will not only help to reduce dependency on import of Telecom equipment from foreign countries but also address the concerns in building a strategic network for defense communication, said ITI in a statement. “Through this partnership we commit ourselves to the Government’s initiative of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat."

Sujit Baksi, Head APAC Business & President Corporate Affairs, Tech Mahindra, said, “Tech Mahindra will bring state of the art platform technologies and software capabilities and ITI will use its world class manufacturing facilities and expertise to build wireless solution for next generations."


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