It could be forgiven for thinking that Nokia (News - Alert) is pretty much the only company doing anything with next generation communications right now, because it seems like a lot of the major developments are credited to the firm. Recently, Nokia put a little extra credibility under that perception by being subject of a memorandum of understanding from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL (News - Alert)) on points like 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).
With the memo in place, BSNL is better able to “draw a framework for transition,” in the words of BSNL chairman Anupam Shrivastava, into next generation communications development and applications, moving from its current network to a 5G network, which Shrivastava referred to as “futuristic.”
The memo, signed at the Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) event, also details plans for some strategic cooperation efforts including joint 5G demonstrations, the development of use cases focusing on how to better use a high-speed network, and a variety of IoT applications helping to meet the rising demand for such systems. Collaborative workshops are also on the table to develop a strategy for bringing in a new network, and the kinds of impact this can have on business in terms of both operations and technology.
In turn, Nokia will share some of its 5G technology concepts, some of its more public-domain product launches and accompanying innovations, and offer some demonstration of how these systems can help drive both 5G and IoT operations in India, where BSNL operates.
It's good that BSNL is starting to look at this situation now, because adapting the network is going to take some time. This measure puts BSNL right at the forefront of new development; even major United States mobile operators have only recently started getting systems in place to make a jump into 5G operations. No one really expects a commercial rollout of 5G on any scale other than “limited” to take place much before 2020. If BSNL can have its systems ready by even 2021, it will be at least in striking distance of the rest of the field, particularly when the Indian market is considered.
Early planning now will take a lot of potential disaster out of the equation later on. That's good news for all concerned, and for the Indian market in particular. Nokia is leading the way when it comes to 5G development, and it's likely going to help bring a few other companies forward into this new generation of development when it's all said and done.
Edited by Alicia Young