BSNL to partner Nokia on developing 5G ecosystem
State-run telecom company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has partnered with cellphone major Nokia to develop a 5G ecosystem, the future network demands of connected devices associated with Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities.
This will open up India to the potential of extreme high-speed wireless broadband with ultra-low latency, according to a statement issued by Nokia. The development came after Samsung partnered with Reliance Jio to bring 5G connectivity in India. On Thursday, Bharti Airtel and Nokia announced plans to reach the network evolution to 5G services.
The combination of high speed and low latency in 5G raises a host of possibilities, including remote healthcare, virtual reality, augmented reality, connected cars, and full automation of homes and businesses, among others, the statement said.
Nokia and BSNL will work towards finding an efficient and cost-effective path for network evolution to 5G for enhanced speed and capacity. Also, Nokia will ensure the smooth transition of BSNL to a 5G-ready network by utilising Nokia’s 5G First, an end-to-end 5G solution. The companies will also utilise technologies such as software defined networking (SDN), multi-access edge computing and cloud to help BSNL evolve and leverage the opportunities of the programmable world.
BSNL will also leverage Nokia’s 5G-ready product portfolio and expertise to develop innovative use cases for both enterprise and retail customers. Nokia will also help BSNL in spectrum assessment and in optimisation of the same to deliver on the promise of 5G.
Anupam Shrivastava, chief managing director, BSNL said, “We are excited to leverage Nokia’s technology and leadership to help us transition to 5G and to be in a position to take full advantage of IoT. This joint initiative will go a long way to help us meet the future data demands in a most cost-effective way.”
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