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BSNL’s pan-India 4G rollout in 18-24 months: TCS

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a part of Tata group, is focussing on to develop tested and proven homegrown next generation telecom technology, and following the satisfactory outcome of the fourth generation or 4G proof-of-concept, is working with state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) on network planning, technical and commercial aspects. In an interaction with ETTelecom’s Muntazir Abbas, N Ganapathy Subramaniam, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Director, TCS spoke on the acquisition of Tejas Networks, commercial 4G deployment, 5G scalability, and dependencies on chips and component supplies. Edited excerpts.

How TCS with the Tata group’s acquisition of Tejas Networks last year, is working to achieve India’s ambition of Make in India and indigenous next generation technology?

Telecom Infrastructure is becoming the backbone on which major economic activities will happen in the coming decades with the next generation of businesses across financial services, agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, and more. The Tata group has taken a view to incubate this business as a separate entity and invested in Tejas Networks. The focus since then has been to help orchestrate the indigenous technology and ensure that the components embedded are trusted as determined by the government.

The technology orchestrated has been integrated in a live telecom network in India and is performing well across various parameters in the dimensions of coverage, capacity, and experience.

You are also working with state-run Centre of Development of Telematics (C-DoT). What are the broad partnership areas?

For the conceptualised solution of indigenous telecom stack, C-DoT is one of the partners. They provide the EPC core software and related components. We have worked with them to integrate the EPC core in the overall solution, test for functionality, performance, and compliance aspects. We are pleased that the EPC core software is designed to be secure, scalable and performing for both velocity and throughput.

What has been the progress on the proof-of-concept (PoC) for BSNL 4G so far? Are you ready to commercially deploy a next generation network for the state-owned telco?

We are pleased that the indigenous telecom stack is integrated in BSNL’s live network through this PoC. Within the timelines of PoC, the ecosystem of partners in India have been able to deliver advanced features like 40W radios. Several rounds of testing have been done including integration to their existing network and systems. Overall, it has gone well. We are gearing ourselves to commercially deploy it at scale for BSNL and we are in discussions with BSNL on all aspects including planning, technical and commercial aspects.

With working closely in telecom space in line with Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliance India), do you see some other opportunities in the private telecom space?

The solution stack that we have assembled and integrated for BSNL is world class, robust and is conforming to the approved standards. We are focussed at present on manufacturing and the required equipment quantities in India and deploying it for BSNL. The opportunity is there to qualify the stack for other telecom operators, which is a natural progression of growing the business.

There have been some negotiations with BSNL on the equipment pricing part. What’s an update?

We are in discussions with BSNL on various aspects of the rollout including commercial propositions. They are expected to conclude shortly. We have already geared ourselves to deploy the first lot of equipment before the end of this year.

What is the time you are expected to fully deploy and operationalise BSNL’s 4G network? How soon can the BSNL network be scaled to 5G?

We are in discussions with BSNL on the overall scope of work and the required supplies. We both desire to complete the rollout quickly, subject only to the chips and component supply dependencies. We are working with everyone to optimise the lead times and ensure that we can complete the rollout between 18-24 months. We are also working on the 5G aspects with our partners, and I am pleased with the progress we are making. The 5G NSA (non-standalone) core and the radios in the likely bands are ready and are undergoing final tests in the labs. We are geared to start equipment supply and deployment thereof much before the end of this year.



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