5G in India: BSNL to Start Trials by March 2018

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New Delhi, September 7: To bring latest innovations in communications technologies for its users, state-owned telecom firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) on Wednesday said that it is planning to start a field trial of 5G services by the end of this financial year. BSNL signed an agreement with US-based networking solutions provider Coriant to chart the path to 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) in India.  The Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two companies for laying the foundation for innovation in network architectures and services leveraging 5G, IoT, Software Defined Networking/ Network Functions Virtualisation (SDN/NFV), and mobile edge computing technologies.

BSNL owns largest optical fibre network, which can provide highest data speed, in the country to the tune of over 7 lakh kilometer. BSNL chairman and MD Anupam Shrivastava on Wednesday informed that the company has signed an agreement on 5G technology with Coriant and that their partnership will fulfill all the demands of people in India. “We continue to focus on bringing our customers across India the latest innovations in communications technologies that enrich their personal and work lives,” Shrivastava said.

“We had interaction with Nokia last week (on 5G). Next, we are going to present about our requirements after which field trail concept is there. It should start before the end of this financial year,” Shrivastava said on the sidelines of agreement sharing. The chairman said 5G represents an enormous leap forward in capacity and throughput speeds. “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.

5G Technology:

5G is the coming fifth-generation wireless broadband technology. It operates with a 5Ghz signal and is set to offer speeds of up to 1 Gb/s for tens of connections or tens of Mb/s for tens of thousands of connections. Most smartphone run on 3G and some on 4G as the next generation wireless system, 5G is yet to hit the telecom sector. Previous generations like 3G receives a signal from the nearest phone tower and is used for phone calls, messaging and data while 4G works the same as 3G but with a faster internet connection.

Coriant and BSNL will cooperate to speed up network architecture and service innovation for 5G services. “This (MoU with Coriant) is only knowledge sharing agreement. There are no commercials involved. We are at a nascent stage. By this agreement, we will get to know more about 5G through this and other agreements,” Shrivastava added.

Shaygan Kheradpir, CEO and Chairman, Coriant said that the company will share its experiences on 5G technology with BSNL especially on network design. “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,” he added. Kheradpir also mentioned that the data speed in 5G should be able to support real time computing speed like in case of autonomous cars where sensors have to immediately learn about traffic.



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