Chennai: Public sector telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has signed a MoU with telecom equipment maker Nokia Solutions and Networks India Pvt Ltd for Industry 4.0, an official said on Tuesday. The BSNL will also approach various industries for implementing Industry 4.0 in the country, BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava told reporters here. Industry 4.0 is the next level of automation in manufacturing where machines become smart, share data and include Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing.
According to Shrivastava, BSNL has taken several initiatives for the launch of 5G services in India by 2020. Nokia Solutions is one of its key partners in developing the 5G eco-system. He said BSNL was exploring cases such as Industry 4.0 that can benefit tremendously with 5G.
Queried about the investment that BSNL would have to make to roll out 5G by 2020, Shrivastava said the company invested about Rs 35,000 crore for rolling out 4G and a similar amount would be required for 5G rollout. Shrivastava was here to participate in the 10th-anniversary celebrations of Nokia Solutions plant near here that has cross production of four million units. (IANS)