BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited), the state-owned company, and Nokia (the Finnish gear manufacturer) this week signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to explore opportunities in the public safety industry as a joint program. “Below the deal, Nokia will become the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) tech partner of BSNL for public safety services. The association will help in improving public safety measures in the nation and supports the Smart Cities Mission by the government,” claimed the Rajiv Suri-controlled firm to the media.
Finland-located telecom tech vendor, according to the alliance, will offer its deployable and compact solutions with the help of LTE tech for mission-essential communications to help the service supplier in its disaster relief programs. Being a public sector telecom company, BSNL has an important role in offering communications support when natural disasters such as earthquake and flood occurs. During the latest floods in Kerala, the firm has launched unlimited calling for the consumers within its network, apart from war footing efforts to reinstate the network.
On a related note, Nokia earlier claimed that it has secured almost 50 new deals in the H1 of the current fiscal year and is in discussions with Indian telecom companies for expansion of network capacity. This comes since new business opportunities surface in the final leg of sector merger.
“We won almost 50 contracts in the H1 and out of those 50 contracts almost 55% are out of the mobility industry. Our agreements came from fixed network and IP & Optics from various operators as well as from users beyond core telecom companies such as cable operators,” claimed Sanjay Malik, Nokia India head, to the media in an interview.
Nokia is forcefully aiming for contracts from enterprises in search for new income opportunities. It is seeking for deals beyond the traditional telecom service provider section.