Tech Mahindra, Wipro announcements show strengthening 5G ecosystem in India

Tech Mahindra, Wipro announcements show strengthening 5G ecosystem in India

Enterprises in India have a growing set of options for 5G and related services, as shown by recent developments from a range of companies including Tech Mahindra and Wipro. The developments show a rapidly strengthening 5G ecosystem in India.

Tech Mahindra, a tech consulting and service provider, has partnered with Red Hat to deliver advanced network infrastructure and help CSPs migrate 5G and multi-access edge computing workloads to the hybrid cloud. The service will use Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS and Tech Mahindra’s hyper-automation platform, called netOps.ai.

The joint solution will allow telco service providers to deploy and develop 5G applications by moving network workloads across multiple cloud infrastructures.

The global head of the 5G and Network Services Business at Tech Mahindra, Manish Mangal, says, “Together with Red Hat, we are enabling CSPs and enterprises with a competitive edge by simplifying the 5G Core, edge and MEC ecosystem.”

Tech Mahindra is also a Red Hat Advanced Business Partner, facilitating the implementation of telecom networks on the hybrid cloud. The company claims it has over 1000 experts in Red Hat technologies with virtualization, cloud and automation competencies.

The vice president of Telco, Media, Entertainment, and Edge Ecosystem at Red Hat, Honoré LaBourdette, says, “By teaming up with Tech Mahindra to offer its network automation solution with Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS, we are able to better equip service providers with the tools they need to be successful in the cloud.”

Wipro introduces 5G Def-i platform for enterprise digital transformation

Wipro, a consulting and technology firm, has unveiled the 5G Def-i platform, which blends connectivity tools to simplify system integration. The solution aims to help enterprise customers by integrating networks, applications and cloud services to connect with 5G networks. Wipro established this system on open standards to provide a cloud-based environment that leverages the speed and capacity of 5G.

Wipro has integrated various proprietary frameworks to connect its infrastructure to 5G networks. These frameworks include a data discovery platform, multi-domain orchestrator and cloud-native NFs runtime platform.

The analytics platform, known as the data discovery platform, is accessible to customers through an Insights-as-a-Service model, which allows them to obtain historical data and patterns. Meanwhile, the multi-domain orchestrator can deliver network services in a complex enterprise network with multiple domains.

“Integrating transformative resources like the 5G Def-i platform into Cisco’s 5G and Enterprise products such as Private 5G, IoTaaS, Thousand Eyes and Identity Services Engine will enable an end-to-end solution to enable businesses to enable positive business outcomes,” says Matt Price, the vice president of Engineering, Provider Mobility at Cisco.

State of 5G rollout in India

Although 5G connectivity has been available for consumer use since last October 2022, telecom operators began rolling out private 5G networks in the early months of 2023. In the latest news from the multinational healthcare group Apollo Hospitals, professionals used AI technologies for a guided colonoscopy procedure using a real-time private 5G network provided by Airtel, an Indian telecom company.

The Indian telecommunication industry created a buzz last year when over 20 companies, including Infosys, Capgemini, Larsen & Toubro and Tata communications, applied for 5G spectrum to create private networks. The executives emphasized in a press release that establishing the rules for awarding 5G spectrum to private companies could take one or two years.

According to HFCL, an Indian telecommunications company, adopting 5G will be more prevalent in manufacturing, retail, warehouse, mining, education, defense and Smart City sectors. Recently, the company deployed a private 5G network at one of its manufacturing facilities in Hyderabad, utilizing Microsoft’s Azure public multi-access edge computing and HFCL’s indoor small cells. The pilot program aims to enable real-time fiber defect detection via video analytics and image processing.

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