Using locally produced technologies, TCS will enter the private telecom market

After its successful 4G trials and anticipated commercial rollout for the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL), Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest software company, plans to capitalise on business opportunities in the private telecom space with homegrown next-gen technology, a top official said.

As a logical step in expanding the business, N Ganapathy Subramaniam, chief operating officer of TCS, told ET that “the possibility (in the private sector) is there to certify the stack for other telecom providers.”

The top executive added that the native stack coupled with the BSNL network is top-notch, reliable, and in compliance with accepted international standards. We are currently concentrating on producing the necessary equipment in India and deploying it for BSNL.

The introduction of TCS into the market for private-sector clients will put the software giant against global suppliers like Finnish Nokia and Swedish Ericsson, whose key clients include Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea.

As part of an exclusive agreement, South Korean company Samsung provides telecom equipment to Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio, which is owned by the billionaire.

In order to perform a pilot and launch the domestic solution as part of the telco’s 5G rollout strategy in the nation, Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel and TCS partnered last year.

The 4G deployment, including commercial proposals, is a topic of discussion between TCS and BSNL right now. They should wrap up soon, they said. We are already prepared to deploy the first batch of equipment before the year is through, said Subramaniam.

He stated that the deployment will be finished in 18 to 24 months by the two businesses.

With our partners, we are also tackling the 5G components, and I’m happy with the progress we’re making, said Subramaniam.

The 5G NSA (non-standalone) core and radios are undergoing final laboratory testing, he continued, and the TCS-backed consortium is prepared to begin equipment deployment before the end of this year.

Bharti Airtel also chose Bengaluru-based Tejas Networks in September of last year for the telco’s optical network expansion in order to enable 5G backhaul, edge, and broadband applications to satisfy rising subscriber bandwidth consumption.

The Tata group, the parent company of TCS, has now bought the majority stake in Sanjay Nayak’s Tejas Networks.

Since then, the emphasis has been on facilitating the use of indigenous technology and ensuring that the embedded components are reliable in accordance with the government’s standards, according to the top TCS executive.