Qualcomm picks Viettel for 5G gNodeB project in Vietnam

Viettel Group and Qualcomm Technologies are developing a next-generation 5G Radio Unit (RU) with massive MIMO capabilities and distributed units (DUs).

This collaboration focuses on helping to expedite the development and roll-out of 5G network infrastructure and services in Vietnam and globally.

Using the Qualcomm X100 5G RAN Accelerator Card and Massive MIMO Qualcomm QRU100 5G RAN Platform combined with its own advanced hardware and software systems, Viettel expects to accelerate the development and commercialisation of high-performance Open RAN massive MIMO solutions, which simplify network deployment and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

Viettel is one of four global partners that Qualcomm picked to take part in the development and application of their new 5G chipset. 

According to Qualcomm, the partnership will help advance the cellular ecosystem and accelerate the innovation cycle.

“Viettel has been a pioneer in adopting new telecommunications technologies including 5G,” said Nguyen Vu Ha, general director of Viettel High Technology.

Nguyen said this collaboration between Qualcomm Technologies and Viettel Group will be the cornerstone of Vietnam’s national strategy for Made in Vietnam 5G infrastructure.

“Qualcomm Technologies, as a global technology leader in 5G, is looking forward to collaborating with Viettel for the development of Open RAN solutions that will establish the foundation for Vietnam’s next-generation of wireless networks,” said Durga Malladi, SVP and general manager of Cellular Modems and Infrastructure at Qualcomm Technologies.