BSNL Signs MoU With Coriant To Plan India’s IoT, 5G Roadmap

State-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), has signed a MoU with US-based networking solutions provider Coriant to chart a path to 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) in India, the company said in a press release.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed between BSNL and Coriant for laying the foundation for innovation in network architectures and services leveraging 5G, IoT, Software Defined Networking/ Network Functions Virtualization (SDN/NFV), and mobile edge computing 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 BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava.

“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.

Coriant Chairman and CEO Shaygan Kheradpir said that the company will share its experiences on 5G technology with BSNL especially on network design.

“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. We will share our experience in designing the network for transmitting data from wireless towers to where computing is taking place and back to the network,” Kheradpir said, as quoted by Mint.

5G is the fifth generation wireless technology and refers to the next and newest mobile wireless standard based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard of broadband technology, although a formal standard for 5G is yet to be set.

5G will be significantly faster than 4G, allowing for higher productivity across all capable devices with a theoretical download speed of 10,000 Mbps. With greater bandwidth, will come faster download speeds and the ability to run more complex mobile internet apps.

Capable of transforming media consumption and content delivery for end-users, 5G will 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, the release said.