BSNL taps Nokia for network modernization

Nokia has won a contract with Indian state-owned operator BSNL to allow the operator to deploy 4G and VoLTE services in 10 circles.

BSNL will deploy Nokia's Single RAN sooftware in areas of western and southern India to save operational costs while supporting 2G, 3G and 4G subscribers in a single radio unit.

The operator will also introduce VoLTE services across the 10 circles, which collectively contain nearly 38 million BSNL subscribers.

As well as Single RAN software, Nokia will provide an IMS, session border controller, IP/MPLS, microwave technologies and the vendor's monetization and performance management solution.

Hunger for consistent change and innovation provides the fuel to drive us towards excellence. With this in our core, we are striving to offer the best in class network speed, coverage and capacity using the best technology available,” BSNL chairman Anupam Shrivastava said.

“We are really proud to have technology partner like NOKIA with whom we are working in South and West Zone of the country, rolling out the latest single RAN Technology and further moving towards 5G, in direction with our aim to offer the best.”

Nokia and BSNL signed an agreement earlier this year covering the development of applications of 5G for the Indian market.

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