NEW DELHI: State-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Tuesday partnered with the US-based networking solutions company Ciena for the fifth generation (5G) technology-based field trials on latter’s next-generation converged packet optical platform.
Over the next few weeks, the two companies will closely work together to evaluate front haul, mid haul and backhaul transport-based use cases in the low-latency areas.
Ciena said that its 5G solutions were open and would work with all radio vendors, and would soon initiate pilots with the state-driven fourth-largest telco.
The Narendra Modi-led government is eyeing to launch 5G services in tandem with matured markets worldwide and has already set up a high-level 5G Forum under the Indo-American engineer and Stanford University professor AJ Paulraj.
“5G is a part of Digital India mission launched by our Prime Minister, and we should not be left behind in adopting newer technology and must go together with rest of the world,” BSNL chairman Anupam Shrivastava said.
The top official added that the 5G-based services would be going to do a paradigm shift in the way people live.
The upcoming technology is poised to expand the horizon of the telecom industry and would lead the business in verticals such as agriculture, healthcare, education and transportation.
However, the top official added that whenever the required spectrum would be allocated to the telco, it could soon launch fourth-generation (4G) services too but at the same time, the telco wanted to prepare itself to leapfrog into the next generation of technology.