Bharti Airtel has selected Nokia to offer private LTE based Industry 4.0 solution to enterprises.
The partnership will address the requirements of enterprises across banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI), information technology enabled services (ITES), media and services, manufacturing and distribution with technologies such as cloud, IoT, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and edge computing concepts.
Nokia and Airtel will explore the development of 5G use-cases for the enterprises.
Industry 4.0 relies on low-latency, high-reliability networks as well as capabilities in robotics and artificial intelligence to drive new levels of automation and data exchange in manufacturing industries, resulting in improved operational efficiency and reduced costs.
An ABI Research report estimates Private wireless networking market opportunity to be worth over US$16 billion by 2025.
Airtel serves over 2,500 large businesses and over 500,000 SMBs and technology start-ups across India, Ashish Arora, CEO – Enterprise Business, Airtel Business, said.
The Airtel-Nokia partnership will enable delivering extensive private wireless portfolio with intrinsic security, mission-critical reliability and vast coverage to meet the growing demand for a network that can support high volume of data with low latency along with wide range telecom portfolio of Airtel.
Naresh Asija, head of Customer Team for Bharti Airtel at Nokia, said: Nokia will contribute with its end-to-end portfolio and industry expertise with over 120 private wireless customers across industries globally.