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IIT Hyderabad, WiSig Networks join hands to develop first indigenous 5G tech

IIT Hyderabad, WiSig Networks join hands to develop first indigenous 5G tech
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23 Feb, 2022
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IIT-Hyderabad (IITH) and WiSig Networks have made a maiden 5G call using a 5G open radio access network (ORAN), a technology that is 5G compliant. IITH and WiSig Networks have, brought up 5G wireless broadband technologies in India for the first time, giving a boost to the country in 5G capabilities. 

“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. 

The call was made using Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) compatible base stations with 100MHz bandwidth in the 3.3-3.5 GHz frequency band. 

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“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 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), IITH. 

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Prof B S Murty, Director, IITH, extended gratitude to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) for offering the support that enabled the development of world-class 5G technologies at IITH. 

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“Inventing and innovating in Technology for Humanity (IITH) is our mantra, and we expect WiSig to make India ‘Aatmanirbhar’ in the 5G space,” added Murty.