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Nokia And BSNL To Explore Opportunities in Public Safety Arena

In addition, they will establish a mission-critical government network, allowing ministers and other officials to communicate securely across the country

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Telecom equipment maker Nokia and public sector telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly explore opportunities in the public safety arena in the country.

Under the agreement, Nokia will become BSNL’s Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) technology partner for public safety projects.

The collaboration will assist in advancing public safety standards in the country and supports the government’s Smart Cities Mission.

“As a trusted telecom service provider, BSNL is committed to providing the best technology solutions for public safety professionals. Our technology partnership with Nokia is a crucial step in this direction,” Anupam Srivastava, Chairman and Managing Director at BSNL, said in a statement.

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A reliable and robust LTE public safety system is often critical during disaster situations as it can aid public safety workers in relief and rescue efforts.

Leveraging the Nokia ViTrust critical communications portfolio, in particular, the Nokia Ultra Compact Network, Nokia and BSNL will explore solutions that help first responders to more swiftly locate people and assist affected communities, the statement said.

The Nokia Ultra Compact Network (UCN) is a portable solution that allows first responders to set up a reliable mission-critical mobile broadband network in minutes.

By establishing a LTE network, the first responders can securely transmit large images and videos in real-time to other workers and command centres, providing vital insight into a situation to aid public safety and rescue efforts.

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“This is the first time our public safety solution will be used in India, and we are excited to leverage our ViTrust critical communications portfolio, working with BSNL to enhance public safety work and aid vital rescue operations,” said J.P. Singh, head of Nokia’s customer team for government business in India.

Nokia and BSNL will also explore public safety opportunities for various industry segments including Smart City deployment, border-related activities and mines and quarries in remote areas with limited connectivity.

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In addition, they will establish a mission-critical government network, allowing ministers and other officials to communicate securely across the country.

The companies will also work with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to help them leverage the benefits of LTE technology in public safety communications systems. (IANS)

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Need to be Here in the Game for Long-term: Nokia

"It is a phone that will last, and it is also affordable with a dedicated Google Assistant button," Mehta said

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Old Nokia mobile phones are placed on a shelf inside of a private museum of phones in Dobsina, Slovakia
Old Nokia mobile phones are placed on a shelf inside of a private museum of phones in Dobsina, Slovakia. VOA

HMD Global, which makes and markets the iconic Nokia brand of mobile handsets, on Thursday said that it was in the game for the long-term.

“We had a good 2018 but there’s still lot of work to be done. We still need to grow and we’re in it for the long-term. We’re building the foundation of the Nokia brand and we’ll continue to launch devices and offer experiences to our consumers,” Ajey Mehta, Vice President and Country Head-India, HMD Global, told IANS in an interview.

“And we’ll continue to increase our share in the market,” said Mehta.

In 2016, HMD Global got the licence to sell Nokia-branded devices for the next 10 years.

The handset-maker launched more than 10 smartphones in India placed across Rs 5,000-Rs 25,000 price segment in 2018 and has followed the Android One route by partnering closely with Google.

Being part of the Android One programme means the devices will have the latest Android version and regular security updates.

Nokia has made several small to medium-sized acquisitions as part of a strategy to build up a standalone software business to deliver higher profit margins than its classic communications hardware products.
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According to International Data Corporation (IDC), Nokia 1 was the leading handset in sub $75 segment in the second quarter of 2018.

“If you see closely, 70-80 per cent of our phones were launched in the Rs 5,000-Rs 20,000 price segment in India. We saw the maximum engagement and the maximum results between Rs 8,000-Rs 15,000 price bracket in the country.. that’s the price band that worked for us well,” emphasised Mehta.

However, unlike smartphones, Nokia-branded feature phones are a hit in the Indian market.

“We’ve been continuously growing in the feature phone market. Nokia 130, Nokia 150 and Nokia 3310 continue to fire very well for us. Nokia 105, which was at a comparatively lower price point, sold higher volumes,” he said.

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The handset maker is also working to localise its manufacturing “as much as possible”. The Finland-based firm currently assembles Nokia-branded devices at a Foxconn plant close to Chennai.

The company unveiled its budget Nokia 2.2 in India on Thursday under an offer price of Rs 6,999 for the 2GB+16GB storage variant and Rs 7,999 for 3GB+32GB storage variant.

“It is a phone that will last, and it is also affordable with a dedicated Google Assistant button,” Mehta said. (IANS)