TCS to Leverage Private Telecom Companies with Homegrown Technology, Telecom News, ET Telecom
NEW DELHI: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest software company, plans to tap into business opportunities in the private telecom space with next-generation indigenous technology following its successful 4G trials and planned commercial roll-out for the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL), a senior official said.
“The opportunity (in the private sector) is there to qualify the stack for other telecom operators, which is a natural progression in the growth of the business,” CEO Ganapathy Subramaniam told ET N. operation of TCS.
The senior executive also said that the native stack integrated into the BSNL network is world-class, robust and conforms to approved global standards. “We are currently focused on manufacturing the required quantities of equipment in India and deploying them for BSNL.”
TCS’s entry into the private sector customer market will pit the major software company against multinational vendors such as Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Nokia, which count Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea as major customers.
South Korean Samsung is supplying telecommunications equipment to billionaire Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Jio, under an exclusive deal between the two.
Last year, Bharti Airtel, led by Sunil Mittal, entered into an alliance with TCS to run a pilot and deploy the native solution as part of the telecom operator’s 5G rollout strategy in the country.
TCS is currently in discussions with BSNL on various aspects of 4G deployment, including commercial proposals. “They should wrap up shortly. We have already prepared to deploy the first batch of equipment before the end of this year,” Subramaniam said.
He added that the two companies are working to complete the rollout between 18 and 24 months.
“We are also working on the 5G aspects with our partners, and I am happy with the progress we are making,” Subramaniam said.
He added that the 5G NSA (non-standalone) core and radios are undergoing final lab testing, and the TCS-backed consortium is ready to begin rolling out the equipment before the end of this year.
In September last year, Bharti Airtel also selected Bengaluru-based Tejas Networks for the expansion of the telecom operator’s optical network to support 5G backhaul, edge and broadband applications. band to meet the growing consumption of bandwidth by subscribers.
The majority of the capital of Tejas Networks, headed by Sanjay Nayak, was acquired by the parent company of TCS, the Tata group.
“The Tata Group decided to incubate this business as a separate entity and invested in Tejas Networks. Since then the focus has been on helping to orchestrate indigenous technology and ensuring that the integrated components are reliable, as determined by the government,” the senior TCS leader said.