Showing posts with label Tech Mahindra. Show all posts
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Sunday, September 8, 2019

AT&T awards IT outsourcing contract to Tech Mahindra

AT&T has awarded a multiyear contract to Tech Mahindra Tech Mahindra Ltd. to accelerate AT&T’s IT network application, shared systems modernization and movement to the cloud. Tech Mahindra will assume management of many of the applications which support AT&T’s network and shared systems. The transformation roadmap also aims to optimize AT&T’s IT application footprint by aggregating functionalities, while optimizing business processes, costs, efficiencies and overall quality.

Jon Summers, CIO, AT&T Communications, said, “Our agreement with Tech Mahindra is another step forward in delivering greater flexibility across our IT operations. This includes optimizing our core operations and modernizing our internal network applications to accelerate innovation as we march forward to our goal of a nationwide 5G network by the first half of 2020. Our collaboration with Tech Mahindra will ultimately help accelerate our network operations and overall technology leadership.”

CP Gurnani, MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra, said, “This is a step towards elevating Tech Mahindra’s long standing strategic relationship with AT&T to help make the vision of a 5G-enabled future, a reality. As part of our TechMNxt charter, Tech Mahindra is betting big on 5G – network of the future, and is focused on technology-led innovation to enable digital transformation for our customers globally.”

Manish Vyas, President, Communications, Media and Entertainment Business and the CEO, Network, Tech Mahindra, said, “Our aim is to significantly boost AT&T’s 5G time-to-market and simultaneously reduce their cost of ownership by automating aspects of their network lifecycle. We look forward to a continued strategic relationship with AT&T to drive innovation in technology and network ecosystem while delivering value and quality to our customers.

AT&T to move most non-network workloads to public cloud by 2024

Microsoft and AT&T announced an extensive, multiyear alliance under which Microsoft will be the preferred cloud provider for non-network applications. Specifically, AT&T will provide much of its workforce with Microsoft 365, and plans to migrate non-network infrastructure applications to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

AT&T said the alliance is part of its broader public cloud first strategy to consolidate data center infrastructure and operations. AT&T is becoming a “public cloud first” company by migrating most non-network workloads to the public cloud by 2024.

“AT&T and Microsoft are among the most committed companies to fostering technology that serves people,” said John Donovan, CEO, AT&T Communications. “By working together on common efforts around 5G, the cloud, and AI, we will accelerate the speed of innovation and impact for our customers and our communities.”

“AT&T is at the forefront of defining how advances in technology, including 5G and edge computing, will transform every aspect of work and life,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “The world’s leading companies run on our cloud, and we are delighted that AT&T chose Microsoft to accelerate its innovation. Together, we will apply the power of Azure and Microsoft 365 to transform the way AT&T’s workforce collaborates and to shape the future of media and communications for people everywhere.”

In addition, Microsoft will tap into the innovation AT&T is offering on its 5G network, including to design, test, and build edge-computing capabilities. With edge computing and a lower-latency 5G connection enabled through AT&T’s geographically dispersed network infrastructure, devices can process data closer to where decisions are made. Recently, Microsoft and AT&T worked together to test an edge computing-based tracking and detection system for drones. With more connected devices and the growing demand for streaming content from movies to games, businesses and consumers require ever-increasing network capabilities.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tech Mahindra looks to AT&T FlexWare for #SDN and #NFV connectivity

Tech Mahindra will make available AT&T FlexWare global network infrastructure available to its global clients. Tech Mahindra will use AT&T Flexfare internally as well.

AT&T FlexWare is a global network infrastructure solution that supports virtual network functions (VNFs) on a single device, reducing dependence on physical network appliances.

Tech Mahindra intends to combine AT&T FlexWare with its System Integration and Services Portfolio, and offer the solutions to its global clientele who are undergoing digital transformation. 

Ashish Julka, senior vice president, Tech Mahindra said, “This is another significant milestone in our strategic relationship with AT&T. AT&T FlexWare is a state of the art product which we believe delivers significant value to enterprise customers in their network transformation journey. With Tech Mahindra’s strengths in System Integration combined with a transformative solution from AT&T, it is a win-win for all stakeholders.”

AT&T enhances FlexWare NFV solution and expands availability worldwide

AT&T announced new network connectivity options and security applications for its FlexWare offering, and that it is increasing availability to cover more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

The AT&T FlexWare platform is designed to simplify the delivery and deployment of software-based network functions for business customers. Using the service, businesses can flexibly manage their networks, reduce total costs of ownership and avoid the requirement of utilising proprietary hardware-based solutions. AT&T noted that within a year of launch, over 2,000 FlexWare devices have been sold worldwide to a variety of businesses, both large and small.

With the new enhancements, AT&T FlexWare provides the benefits of network function virtualisation (NFV) to businesses with a broader range of connection types. Specifically, FlexWare now features a range of connectivity options via both AT&T and third party service providers, with options including Ethernet, VPN (MPLS), dedicated Internet and broadband.

In addition, AT&T is adding three new virtual security options for FlexWare. Ads well as Fortinet self-managed and AT&T-managed firewall options, the company has partnered with other companies to offer new software-defined security options as follows: Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform (either AT&T- or self-managed); Juniper Networks vSRX Virtual Firewall (self-managed); and Check Point vSEC (self-managed).

  • Separately, Ericsson announced that it is rolling out availability of AT&T FlexWare across its global corporate network to locations including the U.S., Latin America, Middle East and Europe. Ericsson noted that by virtualising its network services using FlexWare it can adapt its network to changing business needs in near real-time, while lowering its cost of network ownership.
  • In addition to the deployment of AT&T FlexWare, Ericsson stated that it is also expanding the reach of its global AT&T managed VPN solution.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Oracle and Tech Mahindra Partner on VoLTE as a Service Offering

Tech Mahindra, a leading system integrator for network infrastructure services, and Oracle Communications have partnered to deliver an end-to-end VoLTE-as-a-Managed-Service solution based on Oracle’s IMS Core and Signaling products.

The joint solution offers operators the ability to achieve a faster time to market with new VoLTE services, increased voice quality and greater network efficiency while significantly reducing cost and complexity.

Tech Mahindra’s VoLTE-as-a-Managed-Service solution, powered by Oracle Communications technology, simplifies the path to an all-IP network by offering a fully virtualized solution that runs on common off the shelf hardware rather than relying on proprietary networking equipment.

The companies said a typical service provider with an LTE data network can expect to service its first Oracle-enabled VoLTE call within 3-6 months of deploying the solution, often at significant cost savings compared to traditional vendors and in-house solutions.

“The need to drive increased network efficiency and coverage while offering enhanced voice quality necessitates the move to Voice-over-Packet technologies,” said Manish Vyas, CEO Tech Mahindra Network Services. “Leveraging Oracle technology, Tech Mahindra is enabling service providers to adopt VoLTE in a simpler and more cost-effective way, with a powerful end-to-end pre-integrated solution that is virtualized and offers industry leading capabilities at each function.”

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Blueprint: Big Data Opportunities for Communication Service Providers

by Vishwanath Ramachandran, Principal Consultant, Communications Vertical Group – Tech Mahindra

Big Data Analytics was meant to be the panacea to attain the next big leap for growth, innovation, new streams of revenue and productivity. Many businesses are storing data that could form the basis for strategic decisions and planning. However, organizations are astonished to see the enormity of the large amount of both structured and unstructured data from across the entire organization. This data can be arranged in so many different ways, combined, compared and examined to find patterns and organized into meaningful information.

Capitalizing on the opportunities presented by Big Data entails the co-ordination of a number of cultural, organizational and technological facets. Synchronizing, harmonizing and harnessing these elements in support of business objectives require that IT departments are closely aligned with long-term business plans. Business operations for CSPs can benefit manifold with application of Data Analytics in their complex environment. From a customer experience and business operations perspective, proactive monitoring of hundreds of systems in real-time can prevent potential IT failures through timely alerts and minimal human effort or intervention. Real-time visibility into systems health helps CSPs deliver higher quality of service.  

Opportunities in Big Data for Communication Service Providers

CSPs with increasing consumer focus will require next-generation analytics to combine data from both the legacy and Big Data environments. They need to transform this data into deep insights based on subscriber’s frequency of consumption of data and usage and spend patterns for applications. This presents the opportunity to improve marketing programs and campaigns for cross-selling and up-selling products and services, as well as to increase customer stickiness.

CSPs might also utilise their Big Data capabilities for forecasting customer lifetime value. This foresight can help them to develop personalized product and service offering bundles. With data anonymisation, CSPs would be well positioned to monetize customer intelligence as retail and research organizations will be more than happy to pay for accurate and relevant information.  It is interesting to note that one of the CSPs in Africa have put to use big data to determine the behavioural pattern of the various citizens in different part of Africa and then anonymise this data for marketers to potentially use this for their services.

Big Data is a strategic activity and requires CXO direction and alignment. While many executives go with anecdotal evidences, the discipline to accept objective data and take appropriate action is vital. Falling back on conventional knowledge, insights and past experiences may delay responses and the real benefit is lost. Agility is really the key here. It is imperative to understand the importance of the special skills required. Big Data is not a single technology. Hence the skills required to handle it cannot be acquired in silos and traditional learning and development methods for skill upgrade do not do justice to the cause. Big Data initiatives can be implemented by teams having a right mix of experts such as data scientists, reporting and analytics experts, developers, system and infrastructure analysts, domain and technology experts, solution architects and data integrators.

The growing importance of Big Data applications across the value chain in Communication business cannot be ignored today. However, it is widely observed that CSPs are still in the early stages of adoption. Areas beyond IT, such as, customer care, sales, marketing and network operations are gaining much traction. CSPs need to do away with the siloed approach in their value chain and also change their attitude towards Big Data to make most of the benefits this technology promises, especially with the automation of Big Data applications to bring in efficiency and agility. They also need to have complete confidence in their data sources and related systems to ensure that Big Data is leveraged to its maximum potential. There is also a need to create a balance between being sensitive to customer problems and privacy as a regulatory requirement, while at the same time ensuring that business operations and upcoming opportunities are not missed.

About the Author

(Vish) Vishwanath Ramachandran is Principal Consultant, Communications Vertical, Tech Mahindra Vish has over 22 years of experience in IT services in the areas of Practice management, Program / Delivery management, Business consulting, Process redesign, Change management, Quality management and Software engineering.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tech Mahindra Expands in Network Services with LCC Acquisition

Tech Mahindra has agreed to acquire Lightbridge Communications Corporation (LCC), a leading provider of network engineering services, for approximately US$240 million. The acquisition expands Tech Mahindra's presence in network services globally.

LCC, which is based in McLean, Virginia, is the largest independent network services company worldwide and has played a key role in the engineering of over 350 networks.  The company has designed more than 350,000 cell sites for over 400 customers and has worked with all major access technologies (LTE, WiMAX, HSPA, EV-DO, CDMA, EDGE and GSM). LCC claims annual revenues of over $400 million and has some 5,000 employees in 50 countries.

Tech Mahindra is a US$3.4 billion company with 95,300+ professionals across 51 countries. It has deep expertise in software, consulting, integration and operations services.  The company, has been a leading provider of IT services to telecom operators since its founding, said this acquisition brings it new opportunities in network engineering at a time when many networks are going through significant transformation.  Tech Mahindra is aligned with major network equipment suppliers.

“This acquisition is a defining moment for Tech Mahindra and the network services sector. We will now be the largest and most comprehensive provider of technology services to Communications Service Providers. Our 25 years of rich experience in delivering technology solutions to enterprises and communications service providers globally will be significantly strengthened by this acquisition,” stated CP Gurnani, MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra.

“This partnership is another significant step towards the globalization of Tech Mahindra as we welcome a diverse workforce of over 5,000 network professionals across five continents and more than 50 countries. We expect network services to be a major growth engine for our organization,” stated Vineet Nayyar, Executive Vice Chairman, Tech Mahindra.

“Over three decades, LCC has grown to become the largest independent provider of wireless engineering services. Bringing LCC into Tech Mahindra will create the industry’s largest network engineering, deployment, and managed services organization,” said Kenneth Young, CEO of LCC. “Having Tech Mahindra’s breadth of services to provide advanced managed network services coupled with its size and scale, will help us increase the performance of our customers’ ever-evolving networks,” he added.