Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has empanelled IT product development and solution provider Echelon Edge to deploy Private 5G Networks for its customers. This partnership will enable the Gurgaon-based company to be a provider of private LTE and 5G services under the BSNL spectrum allocated for captive networks.
The agreement was signed on January 16 for the empanelment as Captive Non-Public Network Provider (CNPNP). Under the agreement, Echelon Edge will set up and maintain private networks for its customers in partnership with BSNL.
Echelon Edge has an expanding customer base, including industries like aviation, mines, refineries, states, etc, and the 5G Private networks could be an addition to its offerings.
According to Gaurav Gandhi, founder and CEO of Echelon Edge,
“The partnership will bolster the company’s efforts to be a trustworthy and reliable provider of captive networks with 5G coming into play. We will be able to provide a high-quality network ensuring full automation of the operations and assuring network security that protects the businesses’ data. The partnership with BSNL will help us to provide seamless connectivity and 5G solutions to our customers in several sectors and domains.”
Echelon Edge is looking forward to setting up private 5G Network in mines, refineries, airports, office buildings, government infrastructure, etc.
Earlier this month, BSNL signed a partnership with system integrator Amantya Technologies for the deployment of 5G private networks.
Indian telecom companies will play an equally important role in the private 5 G networks space, as per industry experts. Once the DoT identifies the most suitable frequencies for private network, it will ask the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to give pricing for the allocation of those bands.
As per the initial guidelines on setting up private networks released by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), companies looking forward to deploying private networks can lease spectrum from telecom operators or get it directly from DoT as per the laid down process. Telecom operators can also roll out private networks for Enterprises.