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07 September 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
Indian operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has signed an agreement with Coriant, the network solutions provider.
The scope of the partnership is to
map out the operator’s strategy for architecture
and services innovation surrounding 5G and IoT, including SDN,
NFV, and mobile edge technologies.
As part of the collaboration Coriant and BSNL will create 5G
and IoT use cases in the areas of: rural connectivity,
connected healthcare, industrial automation, public safety,
video surveillance, energy and agriculture.
Speaking on the partnership, Anupam Shrivastava, chairman
and managing director of BSNL: "We continue to focus on
bringing our customers across India the latest innovations in
communications technologies that enrich their personal and work
lives. 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."
In addition, the agreement includes research programs,
sharing knowledge, workshops on the latest networking trends
and hyperscale architectures that are designed to support the
scalable, ultra-low latency delivery of commercial 5G services
Shaygan Kheradpir, CEO and chairman at Coriant, added:
"BSNL’s vision aligns nicely with our strategy of
driving innovation in purpose-built 5G solutions and
architectures. 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."
In March of this year, the Indian government announced its
intention to merge BSNL with MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone
Nigam Limited), its other state-owned operator. The two
companies have come under strain from increasing competition in
the Indian teleco sector and are reportedly recording
Shri Anupam Shrivastava,