BSNL set to join forces with Nokia for 5G technology

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd is all set to ink a deal with Finnish telecom gear maker Nokia for a strategic cooperation on 5G technology and Internet of Things (IoT). Under the agreement, both the companies will work together smooth network evolution and transition from 4G to 5G, according to a PTi report.


“After 4G, the future is 5G and IoT, which is useful in the concept such as smart cities… The MoU will help BSNL to draw a framework for transition from the current network to futuristic 5G network,” BSNL Chairman Anupam Shrivastava was quoted as saying by the wire service.

As part of the agreement, BSNL and Nokia will work on 5G demonstration and use case development leveraging the benefits of high speed, along with low latency.

Shrivastava said that the gear maker would work with the telco by sharing 5G technology concepts, new product launches and innovations available in the public domain that demonstrate possibilities of 5G. In addition to 5G, both companies will work on developing IoT applications to meet growing demands of connected people and devices.

Nokia recently claimed that it bagged maximum 4G LTE network deals from Indian telecom operators, and is currently leads the market with maximum share, besides leading the VoLTE market with almost 100% market share.

Currently, 4G LTE services are being offered by Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular, Telenor, Reliance Communications and Aircel in India. On the 4G front, Nokia works with top telcos Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular.

Reliance Jio, the new entrant, works with Korean major Samsung for 4G LTE networks. However, it was reported to have kicked off discussions with other vendors like Nokia, Ericsson and Huawei, for the installation of 40,000 new 4G LTE base stations in India.

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[…] in India have shown their interest in bringing the 5G network to India. At the MWC 2017 tech show, BSNL also joined its hands with the Finnish company Nokia to bring the 5G network to […]

Airtel and Jio user
March 2, 2017 6:32 am 6:32 AM

Bsnl is just wasting our tax money which collecting from other operators and by some other means Govt must sold bsnl operation to private companies . like Jio ,airtel etc are providing very cheap and good network .Again I would say govt is wasting our money on bsnl

S Gopal
March 2, 2017 3:50 pm 3:50 PM

It is a misnomer and sterotypying that whosoever is backward is dependant on tax payers money. What should be attributed to MTNL is wrongly attributed to BSNL. BSNL is not dependant on tax-payers money to run its operations.

Airtel or Jio user
March 4, 2017 7:15 am 7:15 AM

Only things which are saving bsnl is private players using lines (optical fibres ). Now Day by day private players expanding their optical fibre connectivity . in future no operator will use bsnl lines .then govt will have close its operation.

Airtel or Jio user
March 4, 2017 7:02 am 7:02 AM

Bsnl does not have that much of spectrum ,so as to provide good service to customer .why not buying more spectrum like private operators . why finance minister allotting funds for bsnl .just to run its operation .and so that bsnl can pay wages to its employees. Why bsnl not taking loans from banks .

S Gopal
March 5, 2017 5:05 pm 5:05 PM

Again you are stuck with the notion that BSNL is being funded by the Government of India. It is reiterated that MTNL is the one that gets sustenance funding from the Government as recently mentioned by Hon’ble Minister for Telecommunications in Parliament.

Airtel and Jio user
March 25, 2017 3:16 pm 3:16 PM

I think ur a fan of modi .

March 1, 2017 6:35 pm 6:35 PM

ab horses ki race mai ghadhe bhi participate karenge ?????

S Gopal
March 2, 2017 4:43 pm 4:43 PM

Moreover recently an eminent leader of India retorted that donkeys are loyal and responsible. So in labelling things you are following a discriminatory practice and sterotyping without knowing satisfactorily the real worth of donkeys.

S Gopal
March 2, 2017 4:39 pm 4:39 PM

Remember that donkeys are hard workers too!

Sunny | Lucknow
March 2, 2017 5:47 pm 5:47 PM

Usually people who’ve never earned anything in their lives through hard work, will find it difficult to appreciate donkeys. No wonder a lot of politicians are mocking the humble animal.

S Gopal
March 2, 2017 7:27 pm 7:27 PM