State-owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Indian engineering services firm L and T Technology Services (LTTS) have signed a strategic partnership to provide private 5G networks for enterprises. Under the terms of the deal, BSNL will supply spectrum, whilst LTTS will deploy equipment, applications, servers, technology, software and core for the integration of the customer’s devices or sensors. BSNL said in a statement on the tie-up: ‘This strategic partnership with LTTS will allow us to support global organisations in their digital transformation endeavours. 5G is the next ‘Big Enabler’ which can positively benefit the lives of millions of end-users and we expect rapid adoption of private networks across multiple use cases and major industries.’

The Economic Times writes that BSNL has also signed agreements to deploy 5G private networks with systems integrator Amantya Technologies and IT solutions provider Echelon Edge. The news outlet adds that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has recently abandoned plans to allocate spectrum directly to enterprises for the captive private networks.

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