BSNL follows Airtel, joins Hands with Nokia to Bring 5G to India
The State run telecom operator – Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited or BSNL has come forward with its plans to bring 5G connectivity in the country by teaming up with Nokia to complete the project. Nokia has plans to utilize its 5G FIRST, an end to end 5G solution, the AirScale radio access portfolio and the AirFrame datacenter platform to bring to the country extreme broadband, with increased reliability and low latency communications. IoT or the internet of things has gained traction in India with most urban households having multiple devices that use internet connectivity. Most people who has subscribed to internet connectivity in the country, especially in the city, stay online 24×7.
“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 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 statement.
The companies will also leverage technologies such as SDN or software defined networking, Multi-access Edge Computing and the cloud to help fulfil BSNL’s customer demands. These demands also includes remote healthcare, virtual reality, augmented reality, connected cars and home automation.
BSNL, at the moment, has limited 4G connectivity in certain areas whereas, the largest telecom, Airtel is in a tad better position. However, all the companies are still way behind Reliance Jio, which has achieved 90% coverage in India. To counter this, the government has launched the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) program, that will connect rural areas with 100Mbps broadband and offer basic services.
Government is utilizing its PSUs (BSNL, Railtel and Power Grid) to complete the project by the end of 2018. Now, that Nokia has come on board with BSNL, the latter will be able to fast track its work on the NOFN program.