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After Japan’s Softbank Now, BSNL Collaborates With Nokia For 5G

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| October 16 , 2018 , 19:12 IST

After collaboration with Japan’s Softbank and NTT Communications for developing a 5G ecosystem in the country now, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has announced on Tuesday to work together with a Finnish multinational technology company, Nokia to leverage 4G LTE technology at Nokia's Chennai plant and prepare it for the 5G era with smart manufacturing.

The 4G technology at Nokia's Chennai plant will enable it to leverage Industry 4.0 solutions such as Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), connected Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data Analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) to enhance operations and increase productivity.

Anupam Srivastava, Chairman and Managing Director at BSNL was quoted by IANS as saying, "Nokia is already one of our key partners in developing the 5G ecosystem, and now we are exploring use cases such as Industry 4.0 that can benefit tremendously with 5G."

"This network deployment for Industry 4.0 at Nokia's Chennai factory that can be scaled to 5G demonstrates our preparedness to take advantage of new opportunities that will emerge with 5G and IoT in India," he added.

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Industry 4.0 relies on low-latency, high-reliability networks as well as capabilities in robotics and AI to drive new levels of automation and data exchange in manufacturing industries, resulting in improved operational efficiency and reduced costs.

Nokia's Chennai facility recently crossed the four-million unit production milestone in its 10th year of operation.

"Our collaboration with BSNL will enable us to leverage the latest technology advancements and continue in our efforts to build the increasingly digitized and connected factory of the future. It will pave the path to smart manufacturing in the 5G era," informed Sanjay Malik, Vice President and Head of the India Market at Nokia.

Earlier this year, Nokia and BSNL also signed a network modernisation agreement to support the launch of 4G and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in western and southern regions of India.

(With Inputs from IANS)