L&T, Vi to build pilot private LTE network in India

L&T, Vi to build pilot private LTE network in India

Vi (formerly Vodafone Idea) and L&T Smart World & Communication (SWC) have created a use case for a private 5G enterprise network in India.

The companies will carry out an accelerated proof of concept (PoC) at group business L&T Heavy Engineering’s A M Naik Heavy Engineering Complex Hazira in Surat in the state of Gujarat.

"Both the companies have collaborated to test and validate 5G use cases built on IoT, Video AI technologies leveraging L&T’s Smart City platform," said a joint press release.

L&T SWC and Vi have also partnered to trial 5G Use Cases in the areas of Public Safety, Smart, and Connected Health, as part of the ongoing 5G trials on Govt. allocated 5G spectrum. Both the companies have collaborated to test and validate 5G use cases built on IoT, Video AI technologies leveraging L&T’s Smart City platform.

“We believe private enterprise networks are here to stay, proliferate and help transform businesses on the Industry 4.0 growth path. We are excited about this technology and promise it holds, and along with our partners Vodafone Idea, are betting big in digitising Indian enterprises,” said J. D Patil, Whole Time Director & Senior Executive Vice President, Defence & Smart Technologies, Larsen & Toubro.

“We are excited to partner with L&T Smart World & Communication to build a complete solution for Private LTE with cutting-edge applications on future-ready 5G network infrastructure, based on technology expertise from Nokia.

This collaboration will demonstrate our strength and capabilities to deliver solutions for the enterprises of tomorrow driving faster adoption of industry 4.0 in India," said Arvind Nevatia, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Vodafone Idea Limited.

L&T SWC, having varied experience in seamless IT/OT integration and world-class technology solutions, will design, implement, test, and validate the network as well as the satisfactory deployment of the use cases over it.

The private LTE PoC, which is based on technology from Nokia, will ensure coverage, communication, and customer experience by integrating vast machinery, connected devices, and IoT that are critical to the related high precision manufacturing processes, at the L&T Heavy Engineering manufacturing facility.

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