Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)-the state owned telecom firm has partnered with Japan’s Softbank and NTT Communications for the introduction of 5G in the country. The collaboration is for Internet of Things also. The focus of this partnership will be on Smart Cities Mission.
“We have benefitted by lead taken by our minister (Manoj Sinha). He has held various meetings at the global level on 5G. We capitalised on those opportunities and signed agreement for the next generation technology,” said BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava.
Telecom minister Manoj Sinha has already declared that India will roll out 5G at par with the other nations.
5G techinology is expected to start in 2020 in India.
“We are in advance stages of starting 5G field trials. Government is in agreement to provide us 5G spectrum for trials. We expect to start field trials very soon,” Shrivastava said.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has recommended an auction of about 8,644 MHz of telecom frequencies at an estimated base price of Rs 4.9 lakh crore.
BSNL will utilise Softbank’s satellite constellation which will have around 900 satellites and will provide high-speed internet services across the globe. BSNL has signed an agreement with Nokia and Cisco as well for developing a 5G ecosystem.