Nokia and BSNL, a government-owned telecom operator, joined hands together on Tuesday to work on upgradation of 4G LTE technology to 5G era with smart manufacturing.
Nokia manufactures a range of telecom equipment across technologies at its factory in Chennai, catering to both domestic and global customers. The parnership will enable greater operational efficiency at Nokia's Chennai plant.
The factory will now leverage Industry 4.0 solutions such as Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), connected Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data Analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) to enhance operations and increase productivity.
"Nokia is already one of our key partners in developing the 5G ecosystem, and now we are exploring use cases such as Industry 4.0 that can benefit tremendously with 5G," said Anupam Srivastava, Chairman and Managing Director at BSNL.
"This network deployment for Industry 4.0 at Nokia's Chennai factory that can be scaled to 5G demonstrates our preparedness to take advantage of new opportunities that will emerge with 5G and IoT in India," he added.
Industry 4.0 relies on low-latency, high-reliability networks as well as capabilities in robotics and AI to drive new levels of automation and data exchange in manufacturing industries, resulting in improved operational efficiency and reduced costs.
Nokia's Chennai facility recently crossed the four-million unit production milestone in its 10th year of operation.
"Our collaboration with BSNL will enable us to leverage the latest technology advancements and continue in our efforts to build the increasingly digitized and connected factory of the future. It will pave the path to smart manufacturing in the 5G era," informed Sanjay Malik, Vice President and Head of the India Market at Nokia.
Nokia has deployed the network in the country using its Micro Core Network and Multi-access Edge Computing platform, delivering Edge Cloud capabilities to process data closer to end-users and lowering latency.
BSNL is already working with Nokia and Chinese player ZTE on a 5G technology roadmap.
Earlier this year, Nokia and BSNL signed a network modernisation agreement to support the launch of 4G and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in western and southern regions of India.