Viettel Group and Qualcomm collaborate on 5G Radio Unit with massive MIMO
Vietnam’s Viettel Group and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced plans to collaborate and develop a next-generation 5G Radio Unit (RU) with massive MIMO capabilities and distributed units (DUs). This focuses on helping to expedite the development and roll-out of 5G network infrastructure and services in Vietnam and globally.
Using the Qualcomm® X100 5G RAN Accelerator Card and Massive MIMO Qualcomm® QRU100 5G RAN Platform combined with its own advanced hardware and software systems, Viettel expects to accelerate the development and commercialization of high-performance Open RAN massive MIMO solutions, which simplify network deployment and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
Viettel is one of four global partners trusted and selected by Qualcomm to participate in the development and application of this new 5G chipset of Qualcomm. According to Qualcomm, the partnership will help advance the cellular ecosystem and accelerate the innovation cycle.
Present in 11 countries and territories, the digital services provided by Viettel serves a customer base of more than 270 million people worldwide from Asia, Africa and the Americas. Viettel has successfully tested 5G in 15 provinces and cities across Vietnam.
“Viettel has been a pioneer in adopting new telecommunications technologies including 5G. We are delighted to have Qualcomm Technologies as a key technology provider in our 5G gNodeB project,” said Nguyen Vu Ha, general director, Viettel High Technology. “This collaboration between Qualcomm Technologies 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 RAN solutions that will establish the foundation for Vietnam’s next-generation of wireless networks,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, Cellular Modems and Infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Viettel has built a large 4G telecommunications infrastructure covering 97% of Vietnam population and has become a pioneer in 5G adoption in Vietnam. Viettel’s 5G services are available in 16 cities and provinces in Vietnam to date. Viettel develops full network elements including Devices, Radio Access Network (RAN), Transmission Network, and Core Network which are forming a strong foundation for digital society.
Qualcomm is the world’s leading wireless technology innovator and the driving force behind the development, launch, and expansion of 5G. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of our engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of our products and services businesses, including our QCT semiconductor business.
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Vietnamese network operators now manufacturing cameras
Experts say that camera service is like a telecom service as it requires transmission connections and storage in the cloud. Foreign companies do not have the same connections with Vietnamese mobile network operators as domestic camera manufacturers do.
At a seminar held by VietNamNet this week, Khuong Duy, director of Camera Center of Viettel High Tech, said that network operators with a high number of customers have advantages in introducing camera products to the market. The firm has joined the camera market, aiming to build diverse products and services for household clients using FTTH.
Viettel High Tech targets providing products that ensure security and safety for clients with Make in Vietnam standards, using Viettel products: a management and storage system at Viettel, smart features researched and developed, and owned by Vietnamese.
The participation of network operators in the production of Camera Ai will bring benefits to users, making them feel secure about personal information security. They can use the services in association with other telecom services.
The firm is not focusing on the competition in price. The value it brings not only lies in the product of the camera, but the entire solution, platform and ecosystem which aim at bringing big added value to users.
The enterprises attach much importance to ensuring safety for personal users and security in smart transport and smart cities, and serving national defense and national security tasks.
In order to do so, Viettel High Tech focuses on algorithms, Ai applications. Viettel network has clients covering the entire country – an easily accessible market. It is expected that in 2023, Viettel High Tech will provide camera products to household clients and high-end AI cameras that provide solutions to smart cities, national defense and security, the government and public administration.
Hoang Quoc Huy, deputy CEO of MobiFone Global, said the value is 2 cameras per 100 people. The figure is still low if compared with other countries, including the US and China (15 cameras per 100 people).
With digital transformation, demand for cameras will rise. Individual clients will need cameras to supervise older people and children, and prevent burglars. IZs would use cameras for internal supervision, while cities would keep watch over transport and security.
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