Jio to work on 5G RAN with Intel; Vi teams up with Cisco for upgrade

23 Jun 2021

US-based tech giant Intel is set to work with Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) in designing the latter’s 5G RAN, Reuters writes, citing a senior Intel official. The development follows Intel’s INR18.9 billion (USD254.5 million) investment in Jio parent Jio Platforms last year, for which it acquired a 0.39% stake in the Indian company. According to Navin Shenoy, executive VP and general manager of Intel’s data platforms division, Jio and Intel will work together on ‘co-innovations’ for the 5G RAN, amongst other things. ‘This is the fruit of that partnership,’ the executive was quoted by Reuters as saying, adding: ‘5G in India is going to be massive, and [Jio] are doing it in a non-legacy way.’

In a separate development, meanwhile, the Economic Times writes that Indian cellco Vodafone Idea (Vi) has partnered with Cisco to design and built a cost-efficient network architecture to accelerate the delivery of enhanced services and capitalise on emerging opportunities in 4G, 5G, cloud and IoT. The tie-up will see Cisco deploy its Ultra Packet Core to Vi’s network, enabling the provider to roll out new software applications and services, including VoWiFi. In addition, the solution will allow Vi to leverage functions such as automation and analytics.