ZTE has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian incumbent telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to deepen cooperation in the areas of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT).
Under the MoU, BSNL and ZTE agreed to jointly evaluate and verify key technologies such as “Pre5G” (i.e. massive MIMO), 5G wireless systems, virtualized network architectures, and construct 5G ecosystems for the purpose of research and commercialization of 5G in India.
With 4G becoming more mature in India and penetration of smartphones and bandwidth surging, operators are stepping up to trial 5G technologies in an attempt to build – as the ZTE press release puts it – “an IoT and artificial intelligence (AI) centric 5G ecosystem by deploying 5G technology.”
ZTE said that India’s Department of Telecom (DoT) and local operators believe that 5G will accelerate digital transformation of e-governance, education, finance, smart city and other many other industries.
India has seen an acceleration of 5G-related activity in recent months as operators start trialing massive MIMO – one of the key technologies to get then started on the road to 5G.
Last month, BSNL signed an MoU with Coriant to work together on network architectures and services leveraging 5G, IoT, SDN/NFV, and mobile edge computing technologies.