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Tech Mahindra Launches “netOps.ai” to Accelerate 5G Adoption for Communication Service Providers

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Tech Mahindra Ltd announced netOps.ai, its Network Automation and Managed Services Framework based on CI/CD (Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment) principles. Tech Mahindra will conduct the first-ever live demonstration of its netOps.ai framework at Mobile World Congress 2019.

Communication Service Providers (CSPs) across the globe are getting ready for the 5G revolution and preparing to roll out 5G networks. Tech Mahindra’s netOps.ai, Network Automation and Managed Services Framework, is geared to accelerate 5G Network adoption by automating all the key network life cycle stages. The main features of netOps.ai include:

  • Telco Cloud Automation: Automating the Telco Cloud Deployment of different personas and enabling one-click deployment of Telco Cloud.
  • VNF Lifecycle Automation: Automating VNF Onboarding and End-to-End network integration with integration accelerators in its VNF-Xchange
  • NetDevOps: Implementation of complete DevOps Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline for 5G networks in a multi-vendor environment
  • Service Orchestration: Automation of Network Services with Orchestration, including closed-loop-control implementation for self-healing and auto-scaling

Tech Mahindra will demonstrate netOps.ai framework in a fully virtualized, multi-vendor 5G network and showcase the benefits of deploying netOps.ai including: automated validation of the entire NFV stack (from Hypervisors to VNFs), automated software updates, significant acceleration of end-to-end validation cycles, and rapid deployment to production networks.

Manish Vyas, President CME and CEO of Network Services, Tech Mahindra, said, “Tech Mahindra’s netOps.ai Framework will significantly boost the speed of 5G network rollouts. Communication service providers across the globe will be able to accelerate their 5G Time-to-Market and simultaneously reduce their cost of ownership by automating every aspect of their network lifecycle. We are preparing to witness the real-world impact of 5G and are collaborating with multiple partners from different industry verticals to develop compelling, practical use cases. Service Agility, which we aim to provide with our netOps.ai Framework, is essential to rapidly deploy and scale these use cases”.

With 5G, CSPs will be able to dynamically slice and differentially price their network. netOps.ai is geared to deliver Service Agility at scale, not only by automating all network lifecycle stages, but also by keeping networks continually updated. The framework will also demonstrate service automation for Private 5G Networks-as-a-Service by automating Network Slicing.

Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst, Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading, “If operators can deliver at scale, at pace, and at low unit cost, 5G has great potential to contribute to business transformation across diverse industries. We believe the economic and technical case for advanced services, delivered over complex infrastructure, is underpinned by operators’ ability to automate operating processes, with CI/CD models that support multi-vendor environments critical to this.”

Tech Mahindra is excited to drive collaborative disruption with its 5G partners and will jointly showcase the netOps.ai framework:

Affirmed Networks –

“Having driven the technological innovations to make virtualization mainstream in Service Provider networks, we at Affirmed Networks are now launching 5G core technologies that empower MNO’s to drive new revenue streams by creating and automating the next generation of high throughput, ultra-low latency policy driven services”, said Amit Tiwari, Vice President of Strategic Alliances & Systems Engineering at Affirmed Networks. “Working together with strategic partners like Tech Mahindra in a software driven, rich eco-system as put together within the netOps.ai construct enables us to extend the reach, amplify the impact and accelerate the adoption of our cloud native, microservices based, 5G core networking technologies”.

Altiostar –

“Open architecture, virtualization and automation are mandatory for the mobile networks of the future. Altiostar, the leader in Open vRAN, is excited to partner with Tech Mahindra and its netOps.ai framework. Tech Mahindra is uniquely positioned to onboard virtual network functions and deliver end-to-end automation of best-of-breed multi-vendor solutions” said Thierry Maupilé, Executive Vice-President at Altiostar.

F5 –

“Deploying 5G infrastructure will be one of the most challenging network deployments ever,” said James Feger, GM/VP of Service Providers at F5.  “We are delighted to be working with Tech Mahindra.  The Lifecycle Automation Framework will accelerate 5G network rollouts. F5 is delighted to provide NFV and security solutions that scale and secure service providers 5G networks as part of netOps.ai.”

Hewlett Packard Enterprise –

“As Telcos deploy virtualized applications in the Core and at the Edge of their networks, they require these solutions to deliver the quality of service their customers demand. Delivering this level of service requires extensive testing and tuning to ensure the various vendor applications perform optimally on the Telco’s open infrastructure” said Claus Pedersen, VP of Telco and NFV Segment, Hybrid IT Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “Hewlett Packard Enterprise is partnering with Tech Mahindra to test and optimize the performance of these various ISV applications on trusted HPE Telco infrastructure to ensure our joint Telco customers can deliver the QoS they need for their Subscribers.”

Intel –

“Intel offers flexible, agile, software defined architectures allowing service providers to develop, deploy and manage intelligent infrastructure and applications anywhere”, said RenuNavale, senior director Edge Services and Industry Enabling of the Network Communications Division.  “We are pleased to see Tech Mahindra and the ecosystem partners utilize Intel technology to accelerate the network transformation that is vital to bring 5G solutions to the market.”

Juniper Networks-

“Juniper Networks is pleased to be a key ecosystem partner of Tech Mahindra’s netOps.ai solution, as we have worked together with Tech Mahindra over the past few years to accelerate our joint customers’ transformation to cloud technologies. The combination of our industry-leading Contrail SDN solution, the ecosystem assembled by Tech Mahindra and Tech Mahindras’ deep experience in technology consulting has created a compelling transformation path for service providers.” —Manoj Leelanivas, chief product officer, Juniper Networks

Qwilt –

“Qwilt is pleased to partner with Tech Mahindra and be part of its netOps.ai framework announcement here at MWC”, said AlonMaor, CEO of Qwilt. “5G momentum continues to grow and netOps.ai will be a catalyst to accelerate 5G deployments. As another 5G catalyst, Qwilt’svCDN solution offers service providers the value of 5G MEC content delivery today and creates the foundation for new applications like AR/VR and IoT tomorrow. Our partnership with Tech Mahindra is a great way for us to showcase our solution.”

Red Hat –

“We believe that the 5G future of mobile networks is being built on open source innovation, not proprietary hardware and software. We’re pleased to collaborate with Tech Mahindra to help drive advancements in the 5G lifecycle around automation and DevOps, especially as communications service providers look to innovative software to bring differentiated services to crowded mobile marketplaces,” said Darrell Jordan-Smith, World Wide Vice President – Ict, Red Hat.

RIFT –

“Network Automation & Orchestration are key components for the successful launch of 5G services and optimization of existing Service Provider services” said Vin Spinelli, SVP Global Marketing & Sales. “RIFT believes that the netOps.ai framework is an important and major step forward in demonstrating best-of-breed, end-to-end, 5G network services.  We are delighted to participate in this development. RIFT has built RIFT.ware with a singular focus on delivering a truly open platform, available to everyone, that delivers the automation of lifecycle management, orchestration, and massive scalability to all virtual network functions, applications and services.”

Teoco-

“As 5G deployments globally move from initial trials to live production networks, operators are increasingly focused on the monitoring and management aspects of the network buildout. Assuring 5G-enabled services brings unique challenges that require context-aware assurance driven by analytics and automation,” said Atul Jain, Founder and CEO, TEOCO. “It is a privilege to integrate with industry leading partners to bring the netOps.ai Framework to the market. Tech Mahindra is a trusted partner and we look forward to working with them to serve our customers”.

As part of the TechMNxt charter, Tech Mahindra is focused on developing platforms based on next-gen technologies like 5G, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, automation and the internet of things. Tech Mahindra is committed to accelerating the global adoption of 5G technology and is currently engaged with multiple service providers around the world to help them transform their networks.

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Tata Tele business service hosts a Successful discussion with CXOs for resilience & business growth in Post COVID world

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Tata Tele Business Services (TTBS), hosted CXO Round Table Discussion with industry leaders on building a new mindset for business resilience and growth. The discussion centered around Respond, Reboot and Reinvent as key imperatives; with large Enterprises reinventing their business models as they continue to respond effectively to the aftershocks of the crisis.

 While the potential requirement for many organizations is to build digital competency, the larger goal is to be data-driven and leveraging the cloud capabilities. Moreover, witnessing variable cost structures, agile operations, and automation which could create stronger capabilities with digital presence and security.

According to an IDC report, ‘By 2022, 70% of all organizations will have accelerated use of digital technologies, transforming existing business processes to drive customer engagement, employee productivity, and business resiliency.’

Industry representatives such asUpkar Singh, Director IT, Fidelity Information Services India Ltd., Raj Neravathi – Head of Technology, Titan, Yogesh Kothari – Sr. Vice President, Quatrro Business Support Solutions shared their expertise upon business agility, examples from their professional career and how they are successfully driving the digital transformation journey for their organization.

Addressing the session, Mr. Shibhu Davies, Sales Head – North and East, Tata Communications Ltd. said, “There is a plethora of technology available in the market, understanding the most suitable one for a particular business is the key factor. To thrive in the next normal, companies must be data driven to make critical and timely decisions. While there is an uptick in the businesses investing in data and nimble technologies like cloud and AI, many are still struggling to maintain momentum. Businesses need to get out of cultural obstacles, address data privacy and governance challenges to enhance their degree of business transformation.” 

Elaborating further on increasing adoption of Cloud communication, Mr. Shibhu Davies explained, “Cloud Communication suite like Smartflo being offered by Tata Teleservices are inherently designed for a digital or hybrid environment and is well-equipped to deal with the growing overlap between digital technology and enterprise operations. Besides enhanced efficiency and operational flexibility, it offers more robust security to your business with a pre-configured unified threat management system.”

Mr. Upkar Singh, Director IT, Fidelity Information Services India Ltd said “Covid has created an unprecedented impact across all regions – organizations that are flexible both from technology and operational perspective have been able to RESPOND in time, REBOOT their functions and are now REINVENTING result oriented approach”

Mr. Raj Neravathi – Head of Technology, Titan said, “During times of catastrophes, leadership plays a very important role in adoption to change. Composure, calmness, honoring and supporting every internal and external stakeholder through thick and thin helps revive business and defines leadership by example.” 

Mr. Yogesh Kothari – Sr Vice President, Quatrro Business Support Solutions said, “Challenges that enterprises are facing in the current times is resistance to change. There is a lack of vision for creating a digital journey for the customer and technology know how for their business” 

Highlights of discussion: 

Challenges in Technology Adoption 

The key challenges faced by enterprises for adopting new technologies extend both towards the changing customer experience along with employee pushback. Merely purchasing and implementing a solution in response to a localized issue does not equate to technology adoption and agility. Organizations are considering two key points, recognizing and responding to the shifting trends in consumer behavior and avoiding the initiatives that target specific issues.

The post-covid world has led to unexpectedly increased customer readiness towards trying new channels for interacting with businesses. 

Organizations adopting to technology, lead to driving changes strategically through an ongoing process where being receptive to changing consumer trends helps in the formulation of effective roadmaps. These roadmaps can then be used to build better value propositions by leveraging the right technological advancements, leading to business growth and benefits.

Role of Leadership In Bringing Organizational Change

Leadership plays a very critical role while dealing with catastrophes. From healthcare solutions to virtual classrooms, from facilitating remote work and learning, from re-imagining online business models and digital revenue lines, to stepping up the cyber security, organizations are working on new challenges.

The pandemic has accelerated transformation multifariously for businesses in India. Organizations are re-imagining their business models, relooking at talent management strategies, and fast-tracking digitalization efforts to be more resilient to disruption. 

Organizations are simplifying and enhancing their IT landscape, architecting systems for integration, balancing operational and capital expenses using the cloud. Investments are being made towards intelligent systems that provide incremental learning abilities. 

Technology Investments for a Digital Future

Over the last couple of months, it has become increasingly evident that digital adoption is not negotiable. Having the right technology to power up digital strategies is fundamental in today’s business world. It is a business requirement without which organizations are not able to grow in a rapidly evolving market landscape.

A good business continuity solution that delivers digital workspaces to access critical applications, have accelerated the performance of organizational applications on remote connections. With right platform and solutions clubbed with excessive trainings, organizations have managed to continue with their operations without major loss in productivity or efficiency.

Digital technologies have caused a shift in customer expectations, resulting in a new kind of modern buyer. Today’s consumers are constantly connected and aware of what they can do with technology. Bringing the employees up to speed to cater to the new age customers has been one of the key form of investments for various organizations. 

Respond, Reboot and Reinvent – The New Mindset for Growth

Organizations have taken immediate actions focused on keeping people safe and essential business functions operating. This has been relatively marked with high effort and possibly chaotic activity.

Organizations are adopting to the wholistic approach, recognizing evolving customer demand, channels of information consumption, building continued incremental intelligence including technology that provides agility. Agile decision making and strategy setting by enterprises have outsized performance and established a lead over the competition that sustains long after the initial disruption. By reinventing themselves, organizations have learnt to conduct operational processes and workflows in new, repeatable, and scalable ways.

Key Takeaways

  • Gaining New perspectives, relooking at business models and embracing new models of harnessing technology have become business priorities.  
  • Reinvent on an ongoing basis to build an agile, adaptive & resilient enterprise for a sustainable future. 
  • Uninterrupted connectivity between all stakeholders, internally within employees and externally with customers and vendors across platforms and touch points is of critical importance.

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Bharti Airtel Announces 5G Ready Network

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In a major landmark, Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”) announced that it has become the country’s first telco to successfully demonstrate & orchestrate LIVE 5G service over a commercial network in Hyderabad city.

Airtel did this over its existing liberalised spectrum in the 1800 MHz band through the NSA (Non Stand Alone) network technology. Using a first of its kind, dynamic spectrum sharing, Airtel seamlessly operated 5G and 4G concurrently within the same spectrum block. This demonstration has emphatically validated the 5G readiness of Airtel’s network across all domains – Radio, Core and Transport. 

Airtel 5G is capable of delivering 10x speeds, 10x latency and 100x concurrency when compared to existing technologies. Specifically, in Hyderabad, users were able to download a full length movie in a matter of seconds on a 5G phone. This demonstration has underlined the company’s technology capabilities. The full impact of the 5G experience, however, will be available to our customers, when adequate spectrum is available and government approvals received.

Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO, Bharti Airtel said: “I am very proud of our engineers who have worked tirelessly to showcase this incredible capability in Tech City, Hyderabad today. Every one of our investments is future proofed as this game changing test in Hyderabad proves. With Airtel being the first operator to demonstrate this capability, we have shown again that we have always been the first in India to pioneer new technologies in our quest for empowering Indians everywhere.” 

“We believe India has the potential to become a global hub for 5G innovation. To make that happen we need the eco system to come together – applications, devices and network innovation. We are more than ready to do our bit.” added Gopal Vittal.                  

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Airtel Xstream Fiber Rolls Out Gigabit Wi-Fi Experience

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Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”) has kicked off the New Year with some exciting news for customers with the launch of hyper-fast Wi-Fi experience. 

Airtel Xstream Fiber customers can now enjoy 1 Gbps data speeds over Wi-Fi and no longer have to be constrained by a dedicated LAN cable. The Airtel Xstream Fiber Rs 3999 plan now comes with a complimentary 1 Gbps Wi-Fi router to go with unlimited data quota and massive bundled content.  

The highly advanced 4×4 Wi-Fi router, will enable seamless 1 Gbps Wi-Fi coverage across Homes and Small Offices. This will unlock a great experience for online gaming and animation and for work or study from home with large number of concurrently connected devices. Small Offices will be able to deploy multiple high speed connections for applications such as stock trading and online collaboration that requires reliable high speed connectivity with zero downtime.      

Says Vir Inder Nath, CEO – Homes, Bharti Airtel: “Reliable high speed connectivity is a lifeline in today’s digital first world and Airtel is proud to be at the forefront of India’s broadband revolution. A key ask from our customers was liberation from the LAN cable to enjoy the 1Gbps experience and we are delighted to make that happen.”        

Airtel Xstream Fiber’s 1 Gbps broadband plan at Rs 3999 also comes with a complimentary Airtel Xstream Box that offers 550 TV channels and OTT content from the Airtel Xstream app library that includes over 10,000 movies & shows aggregated across 7 OTT apps and 5 studios. It offers subscription to premier video streaming apps such as Amazon Prime Video and ZEE5, all accessible through the Airtel Xstream Box.

Airtel is India’s largest private sector broadband service provider with presence in over 150 cities. 

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