Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will take on Reliance Jio with a fast internet service. Global technology major Nokia and India’s leading government service provider BSNL have announced that they have planned a strategy to reach the network evolution to 5G services introduce a fast internet ecosystem in the country. This move will open up the country to the potential of extreme high-speed wireless broadband with ultra-low-latency, and the ability to support the future network demands of connected devices associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities. According to the company, the combination of high speed and low latency in 5G raises a host of possibilities, such as remote healthcare, virtual reality, augmented reality, connected cars, and full automation of homes and businesses, among others. Nokia and BSNL will work towards finding an efficient and cost-effective path for network evolution to 5G for enhanced speed and capacity.
Nokia, in turn, will help in making the transition of BSNL to a 5G-ready network smoother. Nokia’s 5G FIRST end-to-end 5G solution, including its AirScale radio access portfolio and AirFrame data centre platform, will be utilised to demonstrate 5G capabilities and simulate use cases of 5G extreme broadband and ultra-reliability and low-latency communication. The companies will also utilise technologies such as SDN (software defined networking), Multi-access Edge Computing and cloud to help BSNL evolve and leverage the opportunities of the programmable world.
“In line with the Indian Government’s thrust to boost the digital infrastructure to enhance economic growth, Nokia is delighted to partner with BSNL in the development of the 5G ecosystem for the Indian market. We will leverage our global experience in 5G-related industry projects and collaborations to enable BSNL to evolve their networks for the programmable world,” Sanjay Malik, head of India Market, Nokia said in a press release.
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 further help BSNL in spectrum assessment and in an optimization of the same to deliver on the promise of 5G.
“We are pleased to partner with Nokia to prepare for the next generation of communications networks. We are excited to leverage Nokia’s technology and thought 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,” Anupam Shrivastava, CMD of BSNL, said.