Homegrown wireless communication and semiconductor chipset company Saankhya Labs has received 5G broadcast trial spectrum from DoT to test in-house products that enable convergence of broadcast and mobile broadband networks before launching them in the US.
“The experimental 5G broadcast spectrum allocation for six months will be used to test the company’s broadcast radio head product and also an internally developed prototype broadcast-enabled mobile handset capable of receiving broadcast signals,” Saankhya Labs CEO Parag Naik said.
Post trials in the 700 MHz and 600 MHz bands in Bengaluru, Saankhya’s BRH product will be deployed by US private broadcaster Sinclair Broadcast Group for offering live television services on mobile phones in the US market, he said. Separately, Saankhya plans to showcase its broadcast-enabled prototype handset to global original equipment manufacturers and offer the chipset reference design for integration in their phones, Naik said. The company has no plans to directly enter the handsets business.