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February 22, 2022 Tuesday 04:47:58 PM IST

Maiden 5 G Data Call Using Indigenous ORAN Technology

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IIT Hyderabad (IITH) and WiSig Networks jointly announced a maiden 5G data call using indigenously developed 5G ORAN technology. The call was made using MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) capable base station that supports 100MHz bandwidth in the 3.3-3.5 GHz frequency band.

"WiSig announces a range of ORAN compliant 5G infra solutions including small cells, massive MIMO macro cell Distribution Unit (DU) option 7.2x, integrated access backhaul (IAB) unit that support mm-wave and sub 6 GHz frequency bands. These solutions and products are available for Indian wireless equipment manufacturers on licensing basis", said Dr Sai Dhiraj, Principal Scientist at WiSig.

"This is a watershed moment in indigenous 5G development. IIT Hyderabad and WiSig Networks have developed 5G wireless broadband technologies indigenously for the first time, thereby bringing India into the forefront for the 5G and beyond.  Equipped with these capabilities, India can be self-reliant in designing and manufacturing wireless broadband equipment and play an increasingly important role in future generation technologies, products, and services," said Prof Kiran Kuchi, Dean (R&D).

 Prof B S Murty, Director, IITH, thanked the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) for the support that led to the development of world-class 5G technologies to emerge from IITH. He mentioned that IITH and WiSig developed more than 100 5G patents and 15 of which are declared as 3GPP 5G Standards Essential Patents (SEPS) to TSDSI (Telecommunication Standards Development Society, India). "Inventing and innovating in Technology for Humanity (IITH) is our mantra, and we expect WiSig to make India "Aatma Nirbhar" in the 5G space", added Prof B S Murty.