Airtel, Nokia Collaborate On 5G, IoT Applications

by CXOtoday News Desk    Mar 02, 2017


Taking a cue from Reliance Jio Infocomm, another of India’s telecom giant Bharti Airtel and network equipment manufacturer Nokia are now expanding their collaboration to create a strategic roadmap to work on 5G technology standard and Internet- of-Things (IoT) driven devices.

Both the companies will jointly build on 4G in the most efficient way in terms of power, operations, and cost effectiveness, and with the highest level of quality and reliability.

“5G and IoT applications have tremendous potential to transform lives and we are pleased to partner with Nokia to enable these future technologies for our customers,” PTI, quoted Bharti Airtel Director - Network Services (India and South Asia) Abhay Savargaonkar as saying.

Experts believe, 5G resolves most if not all the issues that hinder 4G. “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]. 

“After our successful association with Bharti Airtel for 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, we are proud to partner to prepare for the future of mobile networks,” PTI quoted Nokia head of India Market Sanjay Malik as saying.

Nokia and Airtel will leverage Nokia’s 5G FIRST end-to-end 5G solution including AirScale radio access portfolio and AirFrame data center platform to demonstrate 5G capabilities and simulate use cases of 5G extreme broadband and ultra-reliability and low latency communication, reports ANI.

The telecom players betting big on rolling out 5G in India is a clear indication of fast adoption of the technology.

“We were late in 3G and 4G and we are very keen that India should not be deprived of 5G. It is not only a communication issue, it is a productivity issue for industry. It has wider applications in smart cities and grids and all kinds of things,” The Hindu quoted, Telecom Secretary J.S. Deepak as saying.