December 15, 2022 at 4:25 am
Sivers Semiconductors AB announces that its Sivers Wireless business unit has signed a US$320,000 (SEK 3.3m) 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 integrated antenna array 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 field trial, the customer is expected to work with Sivers to further industrialize the design and prepare for volume production to serve the Indian market.
Spectrum auctions in India closed on August 1stSt, 2022, with the 5G mmWave FR2 26 GHz band receiving bids worth INR 147 billion (USD 1.87 billion, EUR 1.76 billion). This has led to significant activity for the development of 5G mmWave infrastructure and devices in the Indian ecosystem in recent times. Based on market research, the rollout of 5G is expected to increase the revenue of the Indian 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 (US$120 billion) by the end of 2023. Other research suggests that the Indian 5G market has the potential to become the second largest 5G market globally by the end of this decade will.
“This agreement is interesting and important to Sivers for three reasons. The first and most obvious is that it is a proof that our new RFIC is leading the competition with its strong performance and high level of integration, especially in a highly competitive market like India. The second reason is that this activity will expose us to one of the top three telecom markets in the world and, assuming we are successful, we could see very interesting volumes in the not too distant future. The third reason is that it ensures baseband integration with one of the leading 5G baseband providers in the semiconductor industry,” says Anders Storm, CEO of hroup, Sivers Semiconductors.
The monetary value of the agreement is $320,000 (SEK 3.3 million) and will be executed from December 22nd to April 23rd.