Nokia and Indian state-owned operator BSNL are expanding their relationship with an agreement to jointly explore opportunities in the public safety sector.
Under the agreement, Nokia will become BSNL's OEM technology partner for public safety projects in support of the government's efforts to advance public safety standards in the country.
The two companies will explore developing solutions for first responders based on Nokia's ViTrust line of critical communications products.
This will include the Nokia Ultra Compact Network, a portable solution designed to allow the deployment of a mission critical LTE mobile broadband network within minutes of arrival.
The companies will explore opportunities in industry segments including smart cities, border enforcement, and mines and quarries in remote areas, and will work with India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to augment public safety communications systems with LTE technology.
“As a trusted telecom service provider, BSNL is committed to providing the best technology solutions for public safety professionals,” BSNL chairman and managing director Anuam Srivasta said.
“Our technology partnership with Nokia is a crucial step in this direction. We have a longstanding working relationship with Nokia, and this project starts a new chapter in our journey. Nokia's innovation and leadership in mission-critical communications will allow us to deliver a best-in-class public safety network."
Last week the two companies announced another collaboration aimed at using LTE technology to improve operational efficiency at Nokia's Chennai manufacturing plant.