Nokia announces development of 5G mobile network tech in India; expected by year 2020
In a major announcement for India, telecom major Nokia on Wednesday said it would develop 5G mobile network technology in India at its expanded Research and Development (R&D) centre.
The company said that it is also increasing the staff strength to be able to focus on next-generation technologies spanning 5G mobile network architecture, Voice over LTE (Long-Term Evolution or a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile devices and data terminals), cloud and big data analytics.
This announcement becomes all the more crucial as 5G mobile networks are being developed by global telecom companies and it may finally roll out by year 2020.
Set to replace the current 4G, they will enable voice, data and video traffic at higher speeds through faster bandwidth.
The company, however, did not disclose how many it will hire in 2018 to ramp up its headcount from 6,000 engineers working in India, which has one of its four global R&D centres, with two in Europe and one in China.
The company is working with telecom service providers such as Bharti Airtel and the state-run BSNL to help them transform their networks for 5G in the near future. >