Airtel, BSNL tie up with Nokia to bring 5G connectivity to India


New Delhi: Bharti Airtel and state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited have signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) with Nokia to introduce 5G connectivity in India.

It may be notes that Nokia currently supplies 4G equipment for Airtel’s network in nine circles, including in Mumbai, Gujarat, West Bengal and Kerala.

Head of Nokia’s India Market Sanjay Malik has said that thoughts behind these MoUs would be to introduce 5G here, and what are the steps required for the same, besides identifying applications to define the target segment, which will lead to a complete 5G strategy for telcos.”

As per sources, Nokia is setting up a research and development centre in Bengaluru to better understand the requirements of potential 5G stakeholders in the country. BSNL Chairman Anupam Shrivastava has said that the MoU will help BSNL draw a framework for transition from the current network to futuristic 5G network.

However, Samsung and Reliance Jio have already partnered to bring 5G connectivity to India. 5G is expected to be launched in developed countries by 2020, and in India by 2022.

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