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Ericsson and Bharti Infratel bag deal for Bhopal Smart City


Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson and telecom tower company Bharti Infratel have bagged a smart city project from Bhopal Smart City Development Corp Ltd (BSCDCL) to deploy smart poles in the city.

The project has around seven-eight projects built into one programme, on pubic private partnership model, under which Ericsson and Bharti Infratel will install 400 smart poles across the city, which will be equipped with environment sensors, EV Charging Points, surveillance cameras, digital signage system and WiFi access points.

BSCDCL is a special purpose (SPV) vehicle formed for the smart city mission in Bhopal. These smart poles will work as mobile sites powered by Ericsson’s Zero Site technology.

This pan-city project will address various smart city needs such as improved mobile broadband coverage, energy efficiency, public safety, and sustainable solutions like electronic vehicle charging.

The deployment will make bulk site acquisition possible in cities and supports mass deployment. The Ericsson solution will enable Bhopal to have a future-proof city network that can be used for different use cases including machine-to-machine communication.

These poles will be backed by 200kms optical fiber network --to be deployed by Bharti Infratel-- that will connect government building and schools. The SPV plans to execute its smart school project through this network, which will also link all the bus stops.

The WiFi service will be launched once 50 poles are deployed in the city.The SPV plans to lease out these poles to telecom service providers with an aim to generate a steady revenue stream over a period of time. It also plans to monetise the WiFi service, which will be delivered through 400 hotspots and 1000 access points.

The 200 KMS optical fi

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