State-owned telecom firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) signed a pact with Finnish mobile handset maker Nokia on Monday to roll out 4G services in 10 telecom circles nationwide, mainly covering the western and the southern regions of the country.
Nokia will deploy technological 4G connections in 10 telecom states of India, namely Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Telangana.
This step will serve large cities, business firms, technological aspects, and tourist hubs, along with nearly 38 million BSNL subscribers. It will save BSNL’s operational costs while supporting 2G, 3G, and 4G subscribers in a single radio unit, the statement said.
The statement added, “New VoLTE services will allow BSNL s 4G subscribers to experience HD-quality voice and faster call connections.”
BSNL CMD 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…”
Nokia and BSNL signed an agreement in 2017, which notified that the agreement will explore and develop the applications of 5G for the Indian market.
Sanjay Malik, head of India Market at Nokia, said, “We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with BSNL on this important project in India. The deployment of our technologies will enable BSNL to launch exciting new voice and data services, satisfying growing demand in India.”