Poles will be integrated with associated digital infrastructure and feature a custom-designed power back-up solution
Indian state-owned telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has contracted Nokia to help support the transformation of India’s cities through intelligent infrastructure.
Under the terms, Nokia will supply, install, commission and maintain the smart telecom poles across India in all of BSNL’s telecom circles.
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 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.
The smart pole has been designed for emerging markets and built in India based on Nokia’s global services expertise.
“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, that opportunity will only grow,” said Anupam Srivastava, chairman and managing director at BSNL.
“Nokia is already one of our key partners in deploying our network around the country, and we’re delighted to be working with them on the smart pole opportunity and showcasing our capabilities for the future smart 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.
"The smart telecom pole can help ensure urban assets and data are efficiently used while opening new revenue streams”
Nokia claims it 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 Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G.
The pole can be adapted to diverse geographical environments and climate conditions. It also houses a custom-designed power back-up solution to provide continuity of services during power outages.
“Our smart telecom pole can help ensure urban assets and data are efficiently used while opening new revenue streams,” added Sanjay Malik, head of the India market at Nokia.
“With Nokia’s deep knowledge and expertise, we have the ability to customise the solution for various use cases to meet India’s smart city infrastructure requirement. By supporting BSNL’s smart city initiatives with the latest solutions and services, we also help build the increasingly digitised and connected India of the future.”
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