Mathew Oommen says, Reliance Jio a 'clean telco' ensuring its network isn't contaminated
Reliance Jio President Mathew Oommen said that the telecom operator is addressing network security-related issues to ensure that its network isn't "contaminated" and there is no "digital pandemic" which can infest the digital infrastructure. He also termed Jio a 'clean telco' seconding US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent comments on 'clean telcos' globally that don't use any equipment from Chinese vendors like Huawei.
"End-to-end networks including 5G, AI, cloud, IoT, SoC, devices, and applications...all these things together should be looked at from a security perspective. India brings scale. We have 4 million radio heads. The scale brings innovation and security is embedded in the end to end portfolio," Mathews said during a webinar organised by the U.S.-India Business Council.
Oommen said that Jio is using the OpenRAN technology to handle security-related issues, and said that the telco is trailing the Jio ORAN centric solution.
“The time ripe for India and US to work together to get into leveraging the disaggregation of hardware and software, and open interface and OpenRAN to create an ecosystem of scale and adoption”
"The cloud is the opportunity to bring scale and also include the likes of Nokia and Ericsson of the world. It is important for us to accelerate the ecosystem and incentivize traditional vendors to get into an open interface model to drive transformation...if we don't do that there will be friction," Oommen said.