5G network trials are underway in India. Reliance Jio and Airtel are among the few telecom operators that have conducted 5G trials in metro cities like Delhi and Mumbai. Both companies have confirmed to conduct more trials in other cities and towns as well. Telecom operators are partnering with various 5G gear manufacturers to test the network. Oppo, which has also been working with telcos and equipment providers, has announced that it has successfully conducted a 5G standalone network trial for the Oppo Reno6 series. The Chinese phone manufacturer, which is among the top-five smartphone brands in India, collaborated with Jio for the trials.
Jio used the Reno6 and the 6 Pro to conduct trials at Oppo’s 5G lab. The Reno6 Pro supports 11 5G bands wherein Reno6 is equipped with 13 5G bands. Oppo India’s VP and R&D Head Tasleem Arif said, “OPPO India is working relentlessly to accelerate 5G deployment and its accessibility for all. Our 5G standalone network trial for Reno6 Series with Jio is part of our in-depth research in the 5G era towards ensuring a better experience for the users. The successful validation of Reno6 Series devices on the 5G SA network of Jio is testimony to our commitment as a company to bring cutting-edge technology to our customers.”
The company believes that Standalone (SA) architecture will be a mainstream architecture of future 5G networks. It, therefore, has been conducting 5G SA network trails through its 5G Innovation lab in India. The company has developed solutions for stand-alone platforms. Reliance Jio, one of the leading telcos testing 5G networks in India, offered its 5G standalone network environment for testing these devices.
Oppo also said that it is working closely with supply chain partners to advance 5G technology and elevate user experience while partnering with leading carriers and retailers. It aims to democratise 5G tech in India and has so far launched six 5G-ready phones in India across price segments in 2021. It was also the first smartphone company to conduct a 5G WhatsApp video call in the country.
5G is expected to be commercially available sometime next year. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is expected to host spectrum auctions early next year.