Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), one of India's leading telecom operator, today entered into an agreement with Coriant to chart path 5G and IoT in India. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed between BSNL and Coriant for laying the foundation for Innovation in Network Architectures and Services Leveraging 5G, IoT, SDN/NFV, and Mobile Edge Computing Technologies.
Coriant is a leading supplier of packet optical, IP, and SDN solutions to Tier 1 global service providers and webscale Internet operators. Now, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), one of the leading telecommunication operators in India have signed a MoU to closely collaborate on the exploration of 5G and related technologies in the Indian networking ecosystem.
Under the terms of the MoU, Coriant and BSNL will cooperate to accelerate network architecture and service innovation leveraging 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), SDN/NFV, and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) technologies.
“We continue to focus on bringing our customers across India the latest innovations in communications technologies that enrich their personal and work lives,” said Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL. “5G represents an enormous leap forward in capacity and throughput speeds, and we are pleased to team with our long-term technology partner Coriant to tap into these capabilities and explore real-world use cases for next-generation services and applications,” he added.
Telecom operators in other countries have already started working on deploying 5G infrastructure. 5G is a fifth-generation wireless technology that promises significant advances in transmission speed, quality, and resiliency compared to current mobile technologies. Capable of transforming media consumption and content delivery for end-users, 5G is expected to impact diverse market segments and applications in the India telecommunications market.
As part of its strategic collaboration, BSNL and Coriant will work together to develop 5G and IoT use cases such as rural connectivity, connected healthcare, industrial automation, public safety, video surveillance, energy, and agriculture. In addition, the agreement encompasses research programs, knowledge sharing, and workshops focused on the latest networking trends and hyper-scale architectures designed to support the scalable, ultra-low latency, ultra-efficient, and reliable delivery of commercial 5G services and applications
“BSNL’s vision aligns nicely with our strategy of driving innovation in purpose-built 5G solutions and architectures,” said Shaygan Kheradpir, CEO and Chairman, Coriant “We look forward to our joint work and the opportunity to help BSNL fast track development toward a 5G and IoT future and bring the value of these technologies to India and its citizens.