Indian state-owned operator BSNL today struck a partnership with US-based Coriant for 5G in the country and deploy 5G-based industrial applications like waste management, healthcare and education for enterprise customers.
Both the companies have signed a memorandum of understanding for knowledge sharing in network architecture and services, leveraging technologies including 5G, IoT, SDN, NFV and mobile edge computing.
At this stage, the agreement between the two companies is on a non-commerical basis, but Coriant will help BSNL with its own rollout once 5G is commercially launched.
BSNL chairman Anupam Shrivastava said the non-binding agreement would see the companies share technological information, with a focus on areas including waste management, healthcare and education “which could be useful for 5G service”.
The operator is ramping its 5G efforts after striking an agreement in March with Nokia to start trialling pre-commercial 5G technologies. Coriant, meanwhile, will “facilitate service innovation” leveraging 5G, as well as design network architecture best suited for consumer needs.