- OPPO has partnered with Reliance Jio to conduct 5G trials in Jio’s test labs.
- The OPPO Reno6 and Reno6 Pro have been chosen for their compatibility with a wide range of 5G networks.
- Jio has successfully tested its SA 5G network using the above OPPO phones.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen 5G trials in several metropolitan cities such as Mumbai and Gurgaon. Most of them were conducted on sub-6GHz networks but managed to cross the 1Gbps threshold due to the lack of network congestion. Now OPPO has partnered with Reliance Jio to field test the latter’s SA (standalone) 5G networks in its test labs. The 5G-ready OPPO Reno6 series of smartphones have been chosen due to their ability to interface with a wide variety of 5G networks. For example, the OPPO Reno6 Pro supports 11 5G bands wherein Reno6 is equipped with 13 5G bands.
The trials mentioned above are a huge milestone in the 5G roadmap, as the tests conducted so far were on NSA (non-standalone) networks. NSA networks rely on existing 4G infrastructure to bolster 5G connectivity while SA networks rely exclusively on newer 5G-ready hardware. The former is crucial in locations with existing 4G towers, while the latter will come in handy in new, unexplored regions where network connectivity is non-existent. Tasleem Arif, VP, and R&D Head OPPO India had the following to say
As a 5G pioneer, 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.
An OPPO phone was the first to successfully complete a WhatsApp video call over a 5G network. The company has also established a 5G Innovation Lab at its Hyderabad R&D centre and is responsible for several 5G-related patents globally.