In its effort to make India’s device ecosystem future-ready via innovative technology, Oppo India today successfully achieved yet another 5G milestone by conducting first VoNR call from its Hyderabad 5G lab. The initiative is aligned with increased focus in India towards the development of 5G technology. It aims at making Oppo consumers among the firsts to experience the latest 5G innovations the industry has to offer.
The 5G VoNR (Voice/Video on New Radio) calls were made using latest Reno6 series smartphone and an end-to-end 5G Standalone (SA) network powered by Keysight test solutions at the Hyderabad 5G Innovation lab of Oppo. Success of this initiative reiterates Oppo’s position as a 5G pioneer and mobile phone partner of choice for operators and communication equipment suppliers building 5G networks across the world. It is a testimony of a step forward in the deployment of 5G in India, demonstrating 5G VoNR across any 3GPP-defined frequency band.
Tasleem Arif, Vice President, India R&D Head, Oppo India, said, “In line with our commitment to India, I’m elated to be a part of this first-of-its-kind initiative. The VoNR call from our Hyderabad-based 5G lab is another milestone in Oppo’s innovation journey. As the 5G pioneer in India, the team is making great strides to explore the true potential of 5G technology and bring a better 5G experience to Indian consumers.”
“As one of Oppo’s premier technology partners, Keysight is pleased to leverage first-to-market development, test and verification capabilities to enable Oppo to realize an important 5G milestone, which operators can use as a stepping stone to deliver high-quality and seamless voice and video services,” said Cao Peng, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s wireless test group. “The achievement highlights how Keysight’s 5G collaboration with Oppo, initated in 2018, is helping to accelerate the commercialization of 5G, a critical component in driving digital transformation in India and around the world.”
The 5G VoNR achievement was completed emulating 5G core network, 5G RAN and an IMS server using the Keysight E7515B UXM 5G wireless test platform, a highly integrated signalling test platform supporting the latest 3GPP Release 15 features and beyond, enabling a 5G call with Reno6 devices in different 5G New Radio (NR) deployment modes; non-stand-alone (NSA), stand-alone (SA), and frequency bands in Sub6 and milli-meter wave frequencies. In the testing process, the 2 UXM5G equipments emulate the 5G network, and connect 2 devices over VoNR through the IMS utility.
VoNR, or “Voice over 5G New Radio” is a basic call service that fully utilizes the SA architecture of the 5G network. Compared with earlier call services, VoNR provides significantly lower latency, greatly improved sound quality and picture quality, resulting in an elevated overall experience for users.
SA architecture is one of the primary architectures of future 5G networks. Operators across the world are actively laying the foundation for 5G SA networks. Oppo India has also been working on the deployment of solutions under SA network. While most 5G tests in India involved non-standalone models, Oppo developed the solutions on stand-alone platforms – which meant testing devices with an authentic 5G set-up. As one of the first mobile phone brands in India to support VoNR calls under the SA architecture, Oppo aims to ensure that once commercialised every adopter can have a complete 5G device experience.
Oppo is playing a pioneering role in the development of 5G technology in India with continuous R&D investment. The brand works closely with supply chain partners to advance 5G technology and elevate user experience while partnering with leading carriers and retailers to connect to more people. Oppo has also focused heavily on the development of 5G in India and was the first smartphone brand to conduct a 5G WhatsApp video call at its R&D centre and another call with Guy Forget from Roland Garros. Recently, Reno 6 series supporting more than 11 bands also showed successful results during a 5G standalone network trial with Jio.
Oppo has filed applications for over 2,900 global patent families and declared more than 1,000 families of 5G Standard Essential Patents to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). In addition, Oppo has submitted more than 3,000 5G standards-related documents to 3GPP, ranking among the top contributors to the international standards organization. Going forward, Oppo will continue to increase its R&D in areas of cutting-edge technology, partner with other industry leaders to facilitate 5G development, and continue to unlock the possibilities of 5G as it leads the industry towards the era of Internet of Experience.