BSNL signs MoU with Ericsson for knowledge sharing on 5G concepts

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on October 24, 2018 Published on October 24, 2018

Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL (file photo)   -  BusinessLine

Tie-up with BSNL will help Ericsson help advance 5G research globally and even add new use cases for the upcoming networking standard

BSNL on Wednesday signed a MoU with Swedish telecom equipment manufacturer Ericsson to work together on developing new 5G use cases, and for knowledge sharing on 5G technology concepts, industry and innovation trends, including 3GPP standardisation progress.

The partnership will bring together Ericsson’s works with 42 operators globally on 5G use cases. It will also use its global expertise combined with research with IIT Delhi to evaluate the benefits of 5G technology in India in areas such as rural connectivity, connected healthcare, industrial automation, public safety, video surveillance, energy and agriculture.

“With our existing technology, we can start testing the 5G use cases on existing 4G networks and then upgrade them to 5G through a software upgrade and allow both 4G and 5G networks to work on the same spectrum band,” David Hammarwall, Head of Product line 5G RAN, Ericsson, told BusinessLine.

According to Hammarwall, the tie-up with BSNL will help Ericsson help advance 5G research globally and even add new use cases for the upcoming networking standard.

“There are a broad range of use cases for 5G. One use case is fixed wireless access. In order to connect to host, wireless can remove wires to connect to homes. The other key areas where we can drive innovation and business is in industrial IoT applications. This will range from connecting smart grids and several low-end use cases from agriculture to water sensors, and gas sensors. Connected factories is where we see a lot of push from the industry that requires ultra reliable wireless installation. That’s driving a totally new opportunity in manufacturing we couldn’t do before,” Hammarwall said.

Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL, said, “5G and IoT will enable new opportunities and create new ecosystems and through this association with Ericsson, we intend to take the lead in the development of these new technologies. We will test, learn and develop use cases that will help us meet the diverse needs of our customers in the future. 5G will also help create the backbone on which Digital India initiatives will be delivered.”

Earlier this year, Ericsson had set up a Centre of Excellence and Innovation Lab for 5G at IIT Delhi. The centre has been established to fast-track 5G deployments in the country by bringing together telecom ecosystems, academia, industry and start-ups.

Published on October 24, 2018
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