State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nokia Solutions and Networks India Pvt Ltd to leverage Industry 4.0 for manufacturing excellence at Nokia’s factory in Oragadam, about 60 km south-west of Chennai.

The project also marks India’s first ‘real world’ application of Industry 4.0 implemented at the Nokia Conscious Factory. Industry 4.0 relies on low-latency, high reliability networks and capabilities in robotics and AI to drive new levels of automation and data exchange in manufacturing industries. This results in improved operational efficiency and reduces costs.

In Industry 4.0, machines become smart, share data and includes Internet of Things, cloud computing and others.

Boosting automation

Both BSNL and Nokia are demonstrating the ability to leverage automation across industries, showing how it can be replicated in other sectors such as automobile, oil and gas, mining, public safety and disaster management.

“Nokia is the first case for Industry 4.0. With this MoU, we tell the industry that Industry 4.0 is here,” Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL, told newspersons here.

Shrivastava said, “India will launch 5G together with the rest of the World and BSNL will play an important role.”BSNL has signed MoUs with Nokia, Softbank, NTT, Ericsson and ZTE, and “we are going on at full pace to launch 5G by 2020,” he said.

5G technology

Sanjay Malik, Vice-President and Head of the Indian Market at Nokia, said standardisation of 5G technology will be ready by first quarter of next year. The chip set perspective will be finalised soon.

By mid-2019, the 5G system will be ready and the company is working with BSNL. Nokia’s Chennai factory has been exporting 5G ready telecom equipment to the US, Asia Pacific and Europe, he said.

Johannes Giloth, Senior Vice-President, Global Operations, Nokia, said the Chennai factory and the one at Finland are the only two company-owned factories, while all other plants were sold to its manufacturing partners.