Oppo Establishes India’s First 5G Innovation Lab

Although India has yet to officially implement 5G network services, several telecom giants also phone manufacturers are already paving this way for a smooth transition. The Chinese giant Oppo has decided to make India a major 5G innovation hub. Oppo today announced that it has created a 5G innovation lab at its Hyderabad R&D center.

This is Oppo’s first overseas innovation center, outside of China. The lab will not only focus on the development of core 5G technologies but will help accelerate its deployment in India, possibly in 2021. Even Mukesh Ambani, President and Managing Director of Reliance Industries, wants the government to accelerate the implementation process and 5G spectrum auction.

The Indian 5G lab will contribute to the advancement of core 5G technologies and hardware for the whole world. They will lead “innovation for other countries, including the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Japan, and Europe,” according to the press release. Oppo is working closely with industry spouses, including Airtel, Jio, Qualcomm, and MediaTek, among others, to make a reliable 5G experience for smartphone users in India.

In addition to the 5G innovation lab, Oppo aims to establish three more labs “dedicated to camera, power, and battery to continue to fulfill its commitment to breakthrough innovation,” according to the press release. The company didn’t mention it clearly, but it looks like the Hyderabad R&D center will soon be a core innovation hub for Oppo.

Phone inventors are already selling 5G smartphones in India. While most of them are limited to the flagship and mid-range segment, we can expect inexpensive 5G phones with MediaTek Dimensity technology to launch in India very soon. Jio is also trying to launch its 5G network services in the second half of 2021. So yes, India will soon be one of the few countries to offer super-fast and indigenous 5G services.

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