BSNL is in the headlines again. This state owned telecom firm will be starting its first trial of 5G services by the end of this financial year, in all probability.

As per Company’s chairman and MD Anupam Shrivastava, “We had interaction with Nokia last week (on 5G). Next, we are going to present about our requirements after which field trail concept is there. It should start before the end of this financial year”.

Further, this state-run firm has already started initiating talks with Larsen & Toubro and HP for end devices, that will be the essentials for 5G services.

He was actually referring to the sidelines of signing the knowledge sharing agreement on 5G technology with the network firm Coriant.

The terms and conditions of this agreements state that Coriant and BSNL will act together to speed up the network architecture and service innovation of 5G services.

On this Shrivastava regarded that, “This (MoU with Coriant) is only knowledge sharing agreement. There are no commercials involved. We are at a nascent stage. By this agreement, we will get to know more about 5G through this and other agreements”.

He guaranteed that 5G speed is going to be much faster than 4G but will use the same 4G and 3G network but with an optimized network. He added that “Latency is going to be in 5G technology which is time taken by data to reach one point to other. The 5g ecosystem will be developed based on use cases which will differ from country to country. Like smart car parking may not be a priority for India but it e-health, waste management can be used case of India”. BSNL owns the largest optical fiber network which is well equipped to highest data speed in the country, to the tune over 7 lakh kilometer.

Lastly, Coriant Chairman and CEO, Shaygan Kheradpir regarded that the company will be sharing its experiences on 5G technology, especially in reference to network design.

He concluded by saying that, “The data speed in 5G should be able to support real time computing speed like in case of autonomous cars where sensors have to immediately learn about traffic. We will share our experience in designing the network for transmitting data from wireless towers to where computing is taking place and back to the network”.