BENGALURU: Nokia Software is eyeing trials for India’s 5G telecom network, and has made a case for participating in the pilot runs citing its expertise in deploying 5G networks commercially in the United States, South Korea and Japan, “India is both a very important talent base and large, local market for us,” said Bhaskar Gorti, President of Nokia Software, adding that the business was a hidden jewel of the telecom infrastructure and networking major. “So (in) 5G, we are not just in pilots or trials, we are in commercial deployment.”
Nokia hired Gorti, which founded Oracle’s telecommunications software company, in 2015 to create a software entity that would give it an advantage. The company has developed significant software capabilities in India, Gorti said, and the country serves as an innovation laboratory for global customers to demonstrate their technology. “5G is really an end-to-end scenario.” You don’t just have to update the radio, you have to update the backhaul, you have to update the edge and core network and get access to the network, you also need that updating fiber in the last mile, “said Gorti.” We have the unique advantage of having our own native technologies in every part of that value chain. ”
5G, unlike previous technologies,
It is not only dependent on hardware. Experts even believe that improvements in network speeds and capabilities will come from software integrated into the hardware. Evolving technology will change the power of development to countries such as India, which excelled in building a network of network software specialists.
Nokia is also looking for cloud-based solutions that benefit from 5G, such as low latency and high performance, making the service level greater than just a network solution provider. A large part of this work is handled by the Nokia unit in India. “We are looking for pure software people with knowledge of cloud technologies,” says Gorti.
“We are more closely connected to the mothership for obvious reasons, because we can do R&D and have better collaboration in engineering. But we also have large laboratories where we bring third-party equipment and we certify it,” Gorti said.
The company, which has more than 2,600 engineers in India or nearly half of its global workforce, earned revenue of $ 3.3 billion in 2018.