Sivers Semiconductors AB (Sivers) announced that its Sivers Wireless business unit has signed a US$320,000 (SEK 3.3 million) agreement to develop a novel 5G mmWave prototype to showcase a solution for the Indian 5G market.
The agreement includes the development of a 5G millimeter prototype based on Sivers’ latest highly integrated 5G mmWave RFIC and an antenna array integrated with the Intel Agilex baseband platform. The development project aims to deliver a series of prototypes within five months. The prototypes will be used in a field trial with one of India’s mobile operators. Following a successful field trial, it is expected that the customer will work with Sivers to further industrialize the design and prepare for volume production to serve the Indian market.
Spectrum auctions in India ended on August 1, 2022, with the 5G mmWave FR2 26 GHz band receiving INR 147 billion (US$1.87 billion) worth of bids. This has led to significant activity for the development of 5G mmWave infrastructure and devices in the Indian ecosystem in recent times. According to market research*, the rollout of 5G is expected to increase the revenue of India’s telecom industry (total revenue including service and total system sales) by INR 1 trillion (US$12 billion) every three years and the industry is expected to reach INR 10 trillion ($120 billion) by the end of the 20th century23