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.
Sanchit Vir Gogia, Founder & CEO, Greyhound Research, said, “ Integration with the existing 4G network will be a big challenge for any operator. You cannot run 5G in isolation even if you want to use it for IoT or machine-to-machine communication. Because at the end of the day, you would want to connect your car to the owner’s phone or a factory machinery to the factory manager. All this needs integration and testing. So I expect 3-5 years before we can have a fully workable open RAN based 5G network. It has potential in the future but we are not there yet to make it viable.” However, given Jio has support from global partners, including Qualcomm, it may be able to overcome these challenges.
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