Airtel, BSNL tie-up with Nokia to roll out 5G network

Nokia will soon too unveil new smartphone models-3310, Nokia 3 and Nokia.

While Finland's Nokia makes a comeback in the mobile handset space, it is also planning to roll out 5G connectivity in India along with Bharti Airtel and state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL).

Head of India market at Nokia, Sanjay Malik told ET that the MoUs have been signed to introduce 5G network in the country and to identify the steps required to build the same.

"5G is about solving the wireless challenges that exist today, including reliability for multiple devices, energy efficiency and bandwidth standards that will enable the transformation of industry and society in the areas of connected smart cities, remote surgery, driverless cars and the Internet of Things", said Ho Seong Kim, ASEAN Communication, Media and High Tech Lead at Accenture in an article [Read the full article here].

5G is also considered to be the platform, which enables growth in many industries, ranging from the IT industry to the vehicle, entertainment, agriculture and manufacturing industries. The introductory phase of the 5G network is expected to begin by 2019-2020. While the penetration of 4G in the Indian market has been tepid, there is much scepticism towards the adoption of 5G in India.

Nokia also demoed Video Analytics, which is used for real time city surveillance and showcased public safety initiative related to railroad crossing trespassing detection, which ensures safety of the people. An executive said that the deployment of 5G service in the country depends on the willingness of Government and network carriers.

Samsung and Reliance Jio have partnered to bring 5G connectivity to India. The 5G project is now in preparatory phase, and the global launch of 5G technology is said to take place around 2019-2020. So far, the Reliance Jio coverage in India has reached 90 percent. However, we're still four to five years away from a general commercial availability of such fast network.

  • Arturo Norris