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While Nokia has had a bittersweet run in the past few years, Nokia Networks is still in the game. Nokia Networks is collaborating with two of the major network operators in India, (and many major Networks globally), state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Airtel, to prepare India for the 5th generation (5G) network technology and the Internet of Things (IoT). 5G is the successor of the 4th generation (4G) network technology which was released in USA back in 2011. Though 4G was announced in India in 2012 it was rolled out properly in 2016.

Nokia Networks intend to utilize 5G first, which is an end-to-end 5G solution by Nokia, for the purpose. This includes the AirScale Radio Access portfolio and AirFrame datacenter platform, which will support broadband, ultra-reliability and low latency communication. Nokia will try to strengthen Airtel’s existing 4G network in India by improving aspects such as efficiency, operations and cost-effectiveness. Nokia will also work towards ensuring that Airtel is ready for the inclusion of the 5G technology in its network.

Nokia has also partnered with BSNL for developing the 5G technology in India. Nokia will help BSNL improve future network demands that include virtual reality, healthcare, connected cars and remote healthcare. Nokia is aiming at driving the 5G network force in India. Nokia’s India Market Head, Sanjay Malik, gave a statement confirming the collaboration with BSNL.

In line with the Indian Government’s thrust to boost the digital infrastructure to enhance economic growth, Nokia is delighted to partner with BSNL in the development of 5G ecosystem for the Indian market. We will leverage our global experience in 5G-related industry projects and collaborations to enable BSNL to evolve their networks for the programmable world

The Government of India is eager to bring the 5G technology to India at an early stage. In a related development, Reliance Jio and Samsung will also partner to upgrade the 5G technology in India. Last Tuesday, Samsung announced its “I&G (Infill and Growth) Project” for Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, which will work to help Reliance Jio expand its network capacity and coverage. Today, Jio has a penetration of 90% across India’s population. Samsung has also said that it will offer professional solution services to Reliance Jio via Samsung VoLTE, Quality Monitoring and Analysis (VoMA) and Cognitive Traffic Monitoring and Optimiser. Confirming the partnership, President and Head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics, Youngky Kim said,

The massive deployment of over a million cells across India is especially remarkable. We will strive to create new paradigms for LTE-Advanced Pro and 5G by closely cooperating with Jio as a unified workforce. As Jio’s end-to-end LTE solutions partner, it is a great pleasure for Samsung to contribute to Jio’s tremendous success.


While 4G has a speed that is 10 times faster than 3G, the speed of 5G is expected to be 1200 times faster than 4G. The global release of the 5G network will most likely be in 2020. Hopefully, it will be launched in India soon after.

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  • Arshad Ali

    What ! , Is that true ?

  • Shardul Bajpai

    Barbad Pura :p

  • Navinder Singh Puri

    Log bol rahe hai 3g chala do blah blah, mai kehta hoon 2G connection hi de do with good connectivity n bina FUP ke

  • Muhammad Ahsan

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  • P??v?? J??h?v

    BSNL:- ????? 2G ?? ????? ?? ????? ?? ???

  • Rohan Pagare

    are pahele 4g toh bara bar do chale 5g ki baat karne

  • Nipun Goyal

    and sill we will get 2mbps min and 5mbps max speeds at our homes if we get the signals. no thanks. happy with 3g cos in India it makes no difference.

  • Sandeep Sahu

    Bhai pehle 3g chala do india me thik se 4g to abhi abhi aya he aur app direct Himalayan jaa rahe ho 5g sapne me ho kya

  • Mirzaa Jaaved

    Just lonch idea in india market 6G mybe after 3 month

  • Suyog Patil

    Bc as per that even 4g should be fast.. But Sala aukaad 3g ki Nahi hain and baatein 5g wali

  • Avimanyu Bandyopadhyay

    *Still Same Tariffs and FUPs I guess*

  • Umesh

    Just like a ” sweeper got a golden broom for swepping public places” .

  • Santhosh

    Still airtel will give 5g in 3g speed

  • Manuraj Subramanian

    BSNL really ?

  • Garry Sidhu

    Aur data hoga 100mb :P

  • Yogesh Kumar

    Yes that’s good but think now 4g 1gb is Rs 265 imagine 5g is 1200 times better than 4gU0001f631U0001f631U0001f631U0001f631U0001f631U0001f631…5g is not successful plan in india because we are poor people’s

  • Jibin Thekkouden

    ?????? 4 G

  • Manoj Shetty

    Karan Sadanand talking business here U0001f60d legend for a reason

  • HaRshiv Naik

    You mean giving a 4g network and calling it 5g the way you did it with 3g ?

  • Swarup Sahoo

    its good news for india…

  • Purujit Bansal

    Jio didn’t have 2g or 3g…. Unke 4g se hi tu ye comment krr rha h U0001f602

  • Tarun Varma

    you don’t know about 5g is not just about speed opens up a lot more applications than just mobile if an operator can invest money its better to directly go to 5g infrastructure

  • Shrey Bansal

    4g ki sepped toh theek se aati nahi 5g leke aayege

  • Emraan Masalikar

    Bsnl bhai tere say Nahe hoga U0001f602

  • Indian FIRST

    Omg now I have to purchase a new 5g handset?? I just got Note 4G

  • Wriju Bhattacharya

    fir 6g ayega 6g phone loon…….. paise ka per hai kayaU0001f620U0001f620U0001f620

  • Wriju Bhattacharya

    4g aya 4 g phone liya aab fir se 5g phone U0001f632U0001f632U0001f632U0001f632

  • Praveen Mukka

    BSNL pehale tikh se 2G network ko maintain kar…

  • Parth Patel

    BSNL don’t have 4G network. Directly it will have 5G.

  • Ranjith Dasari

    4g is cheeper than 3g…..

  • Bikram Singh

    And how many times expensive?

  • Adeel Mohammad

    All telecom operators should 1st work properly on 4G then work on 5G

  • DrAmit Kumar Soni

    Properly 2G chala ni PA Rahi h BSNL…. and tie up for 5G really great………

  • Fâzil Aà

    Bsnl don’t have 4g