Nokia is working with Airtel and BSNL to transform the existing networks in India to 5G; the technology is expected to roll out by 2019-20

Finland-based tech giant Nokia is working with India’s top telecom service provider Bharti Airtel and state-run telco BSNL to transform the country’s existing telecommunication network to 5G. While, these three companies will introduce the 5G technology in the country, the global commercial launch of 5G technology is expected to happen in 2019-2020.

Nokia has already signed MoUs with Airtel and BSNL for the project. Nokia says that this is just an introductory phase in the country, and the field, content and application trials will begin from 2018. The Finnish company already provides 4G equipment to Airtel for the latter’s nine circles, which are Bihar, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, Odisha, Punjab, UP East and West Bengal. Expect these circles to receive the 5G technology at the initial phase.

Nokia has also emerged as the lowest bidder for the state-run telecom provider BSNL’s phase 8 expansion. BSNL is currently working on to set up foundation of 5G and the Indian government is expected to auction spectrum bands over 3,000 MHz. To develop the 5G technology for India, Nokia is setting up an experience centre in its research and development centre in Bengaluru.


India being one of the countries with fastest growing data users and largest number of data users 5G technology needs to be developed fast. Interestingly, past record shows that the 2G technology took 10 years to develop in the world, while the 3G took less time and 4G even took lesser time. Now, keeping pace with the rest of the world India too is expected to be ready to adopt the 5G technology by the desired time.

The idea behind the collaboration of Nokia, Airtel and BSNL comes with an objective to work together to produce the best possible relevant service and to provide better connectivity to the rural areas. Also, these three companies are working on agricultural IoT, which would help India greatly.

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