On Sept. 6 in New Delhi, India’s leading telecom operator, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), announced that it entered into an agreement with Coriant to chart a path to 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) in India. Per a press release, "A 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."
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 hyperscale architectures designed to support the scalable, ultra-low latency, ultra-efficient, and reliable delivery of commercial 5G services and applications.
“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 at 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.”
Per the companies, "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 will impact diverse market segments and applications in the India telecommunications market."
“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.”