Verizon and Jio were both original members of the xRAN Forum, which merged with the C-RAN Alliance this year to form O-RAN.
Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited
The work is part of a wider drive to develop 5G in India, boosted by the Centre of Excellence and Innovation Lab for 5G at the Indian Institute of Technology, which Ericsson established in Delhi in July.
Reliance says the acquisition will accelerates Reliance Jio’s growth in the areas of 5G, IoT, and open source architecture adoption.
The South Korean company provided the LTE core and RAN gear for the Indian operator’s greenfield network. The scale of the network is bigger than AT&T and Verizon’s networks combined.
The Indian mobile operator is building a software-defined network (SDN) from scratch using Cisco, Samsung, and other vendors, along with cherry-picked open source code.