Intel said on Monday that it will collaborate with Reliance Jio on the development of 5G networking technologies.
Intel’s venture capital unit last year invested $250 million (roughly Rs. 1,857.42 crores) in Reliance’s Jio Platforms unit, saying the two companies would find areas of technology partnership. On Monday, Intel announced it will collaborate on “co-innovations” with Reliance Jio for its 5G radio-access network (RAN), among other things.
In an interview with Reuters, Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s data platforms business, said, “This is the result of that relationship.”
“5G will be enormous in India, and (Reliance Jio) is executing it in a non-legacy fashion.”
Many carriers across the world are employing a different strategy to construct 5G networks, including Reliance Jio. Rather of relying on telecommunications-specific equipment from companies like Nokia, Ericsson, or Huawei, carriers are turning to software to handle more network operations and running their networks on the same type of standard computer equipment used in data centres.
After years of production problems, Intel has been losing market share in its key data centre and personal computer sectors to rivals such as Advanced Micro Devices. However, networking chips have become an increasingly significant component of its business, with sales of $6 billion (approximately Rs. 44,577.27 crores) expected to contribute for 20% of total sales of $77.9 billion (about Rs. 5,78,756.61 crores) in 2020.
Intel’s choice over a decade ago to invest in software comparable to an operating system for its network processors contributed to this rise. FlexRAN is a framework that allows carriers or software companies to create code for 5G networks.