Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ciena to prepare its network for the impending evolution toward 5G.
BSNL, in support of the Digital India vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and recent strategic telecom plan from India’s Department of Telecommunications, is working to conduct field trials to roll out 5G by 2020. BSNL is collaborating closely with OEMs and technology partners to showcase a strong 5G ecosystem that enables innovation for new use cases and business models. The 5G trials are expected to take place in any of the preferred urban metro area.
Ciena and BSNL intend to jointly evaluate fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul transport-based use cases and scenarios to address resiliency requirements and latency concerns.
BSNL’s Chairman and Managing Director, Anupam Shrivastava said, “5G represents an enormous opportunity in India and BSNL has made a significant step forward to bring this innovation to market. We expect that these trials will show the true benefit of 5G which promises to deliver speeds of up to 20 gigabits per second, as much as 30 times faster than 4G.”
Ciena India’s Vice President and General Manager, Ryan Perera said, “Conducting field trials in collaboration with BSNL will mark an important step in making 5G a reality in India. Ciena’s unmatched leadership in packet, optical and software-enabled technologies help to create more adaptive networks and supports the adoption of 5G.”
Ciena’s 5G Network Solutions are open and designed to provide the scale and automation that operators like BSNL need to deliver a superior end-to-end user experience. Ciena’s 5G solutions also leverage Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan and Multi-Domain Service Orchestration software that provides enhanced network orchestration, analytics, and end-to-end SDN-based network control and automation.