Going by the speculation that is doing the rounds in the telecom market, Finnish giant, Nokia, has collaborated with Bharti Airtel and BSNL to launch 5G network service for its customers in India.
As per media reports, for its comeback Nokia has signed memorandum of understandings (MoUs) with the two Indian telecom networks to rollout 5G services across India effectively. The introductory phase of the 5G network is expected to begin by 2019-2020.
The announcement came during the Mobile World Congress 2017, held between Feb-March.
“Thoughts behind these MoUs would be to introduce 5G here, and what are the steps required for the same, besides identifying applications to define the target segment, which will lead to a complete 5G strategy for telco,” Sanjay Malik, head of India Market, Nokia was quoted as saying by a national daily.
Confirming the partnership, Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman of BSNL said, "After 4G, the future is 5G and IoT, which is useful in the concept such as smart cities…The MoU will help BSNL to draw a framework for transition from the current network to futuristic 5G network."
In order to understand the requirement among India’s stakeholders on 5G, Nokia will set up an R&D centre in Bengaluru. Trials of field and content and application will start aorund 2018.
Nokia will soon too unveil new smartphone models-3310, Nokia 3 and Nokia. India is expecting the launch of 5G by 2019-2022.