Tech Mahindra has announced that it is planning to set up a 5G (5G is a marketing term for some new mobile technologies. Definitions differ and confusion is common. The ITU IMT-2020 standard provides for speeds up to 20 gigabits per second and has only been demonstrated with millimetre waves of 15 gigahertz and higher frequency) Center of Excellence (CoE) powered by Intel technology in Redmond, Washington and Bengaluru. The CoE will help communication service providers (CSP) optimize their capital expenditure on 5G migrations and rollout and accelerate new revenue-generating services that will lead the transformation journey.
The CoEs will be set up at Tech Mahindra’s Intel-enabled VNF-Xchange Labs (Virtualized Network Functions, software implementations of network functions that can be deployed on a Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure), and will focus on developing 5G virtualized radio access network (vRAN) solutions. And it will help in diverse industry verticals like healthcare, manufacturing, banking, automotive, Energy and more, we are poised to unlock new experiences for these industry verticals with 5G and simultaneously drive growth for CSPs.
5G networks will need data-service centric platforms to not only enhance connectivity but also empower industry stakeholders to use data for better decision making. 5G will require a change in the network’s anatomy to enable CSPs to offer a wide range of digital service and SDN/NFV [SDN– Software-defined networking (SDN) and NFV — Network functions virtualization (also network function virtualization or NFV) is a network architecture concept that uses the technologies of IT virtualization)] is the foundation to accomplish this. The work in this CoE will provide for new support and acceleration of emerging technologies to be integrated into the new architectures, but more importantly, develop new social and industry relevant use cases.
Caroline Chan, vice president and general manager, 5G infrastructure division, Data Center Group, Intel, said, “We share a common vision with Tech Mahindra of enabling service providers around the world to accelerate the deployment of their 5G networks and roll out new services that are beneficial to our society. By utilizing flexible platforms based on Intel architecture and technologies, Tech Mahindra is helping reduce the time to market for CoSPs and offering a broad choice of agile solutions for the 5G future.
Tech Mahindra works with over 270 CSPs globally and is currently working with multiple services provides on their network transformational journey.