Indian state-owned operator BSNL has selected Nokia to support the transformation of cities through intelligent infrastructure.
Nokia will supply, install, commission and maintain the Smart Telecom Poles across India in all of BSNL's telecom circles. Under the contract, Nokia will also integrate the poles with smart LED lighting systems, CCTV cameras, digital billboards and environmental sensors that provide strong revenue generation potential for the operator. The smart pole has been designed for emerging markets and built in India based on Nokia's global services expertise.
The Indian urban landscape is evolving, with government and city administrations gearing up to ensure the safety and security of citizens and provide them a better quality of life. BSNL, in line with the Indian government's Smart Cities Mission, is exploring and taking the lead to digitalise cities.
With its Smart Telecom Pole and services expertise, Nokia will help BSNL provide access to mobile connectivity and smart solutions for citizens while ensuring the poles meet the aesthetic and spatial needs in modern cities. Nokia will optimise the telecom infrastructure to provide a shared, secure and scalable platform that ensures the best use of urban resources and prepares BSNL for the needs of new technologies such as IoT and 5G.
The pole can be adapted to diverse geographical environments and climate conditions. It also houses a custom-designed power backup solution to provide continuity of services during power outages.
Anupam Srivastava, Chairman and Managing Director at BSNL, said: "We at BSNL are committed to India's socioeconomic development. Telecommunications can make a great impact on people's lives and with the new technologies and innovation, and that opportunity will only grow."
Sanjay Malik, Head of the India Market at Nokia, said: "Our Smart Telecom Pole can help ensure urban assets and data are efficiently used while opening new revenue streams. With Nokia's deep knowledge and expertise, we have the ability to customize the solution for various use cases to meet India's smart city infrastructure requirement."