Viettel and Qualcomm collaborate to accelerate Vietnam’s 5G development

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CommsUpdate: Viettel Group and Qualcomm Technologies have announced plans to collaborate on developing a next generation 5G Radio Unit (RU) with massive MIMO capabilities and distributed units (DUs) to accelerate the development and rollout of 5G network infrastructure and services in Vietnam.

Viettel will power its new solutions through Qualcomm 5G RANPlatforms, enabling the deployment of innovative, virtualised and modular 5G networks at scale, helping operators cost-effectively meet performance demands.

The two companies say they are readying virtualized and Open RAN networks to support the demands of next-generation networks of high capacity and low latency which would enhance user experiences for consumers in Vietnam.

According to a joint statement, the combination of Qualcomm’s 5G RAN Accelerator Card and massive MIMO5G RAN platform, plus Viettel High Technology’s advanced hardware and software systems, “will help Viettel to accelerate the development and commercialization of high-performance Open RAN massive MIMO solutions, simplify network deployment and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).”

Nguyen Vu Ha, general director, Viettel High Technology, said the collaboration between Qualcomm and Viettel Group “will be the cornerstone of Vietnam’s national strategy for Made in Vietnam 5G infrastructure.”

‘Qualcomm Technologies, as a global technology leader in 5G, is looking forward to collaborating with Viettel for the development of Open RANsolutions that will establish the foundation for Vietnam’s next-generation of wireless networks,’ said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager of Cellular Modems and Infrastructure at Qualcomm, adding: ‘This collaboration will demonstrate the scalability of Qualcomm Technologies’ horizontal platform for vertical integration in the ORAN infrastructure ecosystem and we are pleased to offer high performance, power efficient Modem-RF technology that supports the performance demands needed to bring rapid speeds and expanded use cases of 5G networks to consumers.’

The Vietnamese government aims for the country to achieve mass adoption of 5G in 2023. In January, the Ministry of Information and Communications said Vietnam is technically ready for commercialization of 5G services following successful pilots by Viettel, VNPT, and MobiFone in 16 cities and provinces.

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