Nokia and Bharti Airtel to Bring 5G and IoT Applications to India

Nokia and Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecommunications services provider continue to expand their collaborative technology partnership and have agreed to create a strategic roadmap for network evolution to the 5G technology standard and management of connected devices.

Under the new agreement, Nokia and Airtel will collaborate to drive the development wheel of these new services with a focus on implementing 5G network connectivity. This effort will build on 4G in the most efficient way regarding power, operations and cost effectiveness, and with the highest level of quality and reliability.

The future technology 5G promises to enable significant improvements to peak data speeds network latency and agility as well as the ability to enable new capacities such as network slicing. It will allow operators to support rising customer base and potentially billions of connected IoT devices with the consistent quality of service. In addition, it will also be laying the foundation for smarter cities and rural communities, connected vehicles, industrial automation, remote healthcare and a myriad of business possibilities.

Nokia and Airtel will leverage Nokia’s 5G FIRST end-to-end 5G solution including AirScale radio access portfolio and AirFrame data center platform to demonstrate 5G capabilities and simulate use cases of 5G extreme broadband and ultra-reliability and low latency communication.

Abhay Savargaonkar, Director of Network Services India & South Asia Bharti Airtel, said “Airtel has always been a pioneer in rolling out the latest technologies to deliver a superior experience to its customers. 5G and IoT applications have tremendous potential to transform lives, and we are pleased to partner with Nokia to enable these future technologies for our customers.”

With this agreement, it is quite evident that all the networks in India have shown their interest in bringing the 5G network to India.

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[…] Indian telecom operators have already partnered with Finnish gear maker Nokia and have started working to bring the 5G era to India. These equipment launches from ZTE will further speed up the deployment […]

March 1, 2017 7:35 pm 7:35 PM

I’m more interested in hearing that India is not ready for 5G by some Vodafone official.

March 1, 2017 10:45 pm 10:45 PM

Ha ha….well said

Girish Gowda
March 1, 2017 6:49 pm 6:49 PM

First of all, when will Airtel provide good 4G on its empty data network? No need to talk about this right away when its still a good 5 years away for the Indian market.

March 1, 2017 11:47 pm 11:47 PM

Airtel hasn’t deployed proper 4G yet….. They are looting people over the years….. When they can’t cover 4G coverage in four years they have no right to talk about Jios coverage and call drops… First talk about coverage…. And then talk about free offers… Let’s see who wins the race

Love Airtel
March 2, 2017 1:47 pm 1:47 PM

Nonsense. They were the first to deploy 4G in India way back in 2012 when Jio was all talk, They have had 4G pan India since 2015. The speeds and coverage are great in all major and even minor towns.

March 2, 2017 5:13 pm 5:13 PM

Pan India???? Do you know atleast meaning of India…… Don’t joke

March 2, 2017 5:12 pm 5:12 PM

Jio was there that time… Building up world class infrastructure for your kind information….. Mittal won’t ever understand this…..

March 2, 2017 5:11 pm 5:11 PM

Before commenting useless things change your name next time…..come with your real name…… Go to South Korea and tell Mittal what actually LTE is…. Let him experience what 4G is….. I am not talking about tariffs also…. That’s whole new thing……

March 1, 2017 9:05 pm 9:05 PM

Go for JIO
#gareebo ka network

March 1, 2017 8:45 pm 8:45 PM

Here is the speedtest result of airtel 4G in Durgapur, West Bengal. Stop defaming airtel.

I know you are not using airtel and assuming that airtel may be slow etc etc. If you are using airtel 4G and getting bad speed then post your speed test result here.

March 2, 2017 3:58 pm 3:58 PM

Here is your Airtel 4G speed in a small town called Karkala in Karnataka. Can’t even provide 10Mbps in empty network.
March 2, 2017 7:04 am 7:04 AM

Haha……Empty network gives faster speeds….what’s important is how much data a user gets, not 45mbps or 130mbps..

Love Airtel
March 2, 2017 1:45 pm 1:45 PM

Then why did you say that Airtel speeds are slow and they don’t have proper 4G? first you made that claim and now that it has been proven wrong, you are making this argument. Airtel has launched a new plan for Rs 145 where you will get 14Gb data for a month with 500 Mb each day limit and free on net calls. That is very good value.

Girish Gowda
March 2, 2017 12:15 am 12:15 AM

Do you realize that Durgapur, West Bengal is only a tiny part of India and not the whole of India? I used to be on postpaid paying around Rs. 500 every single month. Now I’m on prepaid on Airtel in BengaLuru and am no way paying for that shittty network speed again just to prove a point to ignoramuses.

March 2, 2017 1:41 am 1:41 AM

You are getting bad speed in Bengaluru because more people are using airtel inspite of jio’s free offer. Bengaluru people are techies who prefer reliability over cost. Please don’t try to judge whole India in terms of Bengaluru. Airtel 4g speed is above 15 mbps in 90% of the cities. You are just unlucky. You should understand that airtel is not for idiots like you.

March 2, 2017 12:58 pm 12:58 PM

One of the dumbest comment u will get to read and calls other idiots. Ur so called top ISP can’t handle data load of just 1 metro city according to u and u r here defending it. 90% of India’s mobile data has been used on JIO network and its still up there providing 1 gb unlimited daily… what would u call that

March 2, 2017 2:34 pm 2:34 PM

You dont need to worry about airtel but you must be worried about yourself. Jio has seriously f***ed the mind of creature like u. Jio can not handle traffic even in a tiny city like Durgapur. Here is the screenshot. You are the dumbest creature in the entire galaxy.

March 2, 2017 12:33 pm 12:33 PM

90% cities? Lol, it may be for your place. Not everywhere. India isn’t your city only. Stop being so narrow minded. Jio have both city, rural area 4G coverage. Airtel don’t have 4G coverage in small towns yet. So unless Airtel launches 4G in small towns & rural area, it won’t be a major 4G player in India. Airtel wil take another year or two to reach current Jio 4G coverage, by that time Jio coverage will overtake Airtel 2G coverage. Airtel is far behind in 4G. Airtel capacity is too low to serve nationwide.

March 2, 2017 2:45 pm 2:45 PM

Lol, You are pretending as if you travelled each and every corner of India. You are narrow minded. You are getting good speed doesn’t mean jio is good everywhere. Check jio speed in Durgapur.

March 2, 2017 7:18 am 7:18 AM

Jio don’t have proper coverage….Bcz of tower mafia which rules private zones as exclusive….What’s the logic techies and Bangalore? Dumb logic, there are more dumbs in white collar techie..Ya They don’t even have time to duck, they use Free Corporate plans. Who will use new one when one is already free of bills. I don’t even get Airtel proper signal in my area in Bangalore and Andhra..For Airtel everything is publicity. And dumpsters believe everything with Airtel is for real.

March 1, 2017 11:56 pm 11:56 PM

My friend has been using airtel 4g and speed is just 500 KBps for downloading, that too on virtually empty network. If u r getting good speed then it doesn’t mean pan india speeds r good. I have seen so many ss of less speed even on no load network

Love Airtel
March 2, 2017 1:49 pm 1:49 PM

Airtel has very good 4G speed and coverage across India.

March 1, 2017 11:48 pm 11:48 PM

At your place… Vodafone along with Airtel is best bet

March 1, 2017 11:47 pm 11:47 PM

Everywhere situation is not the same