Wipro seals Telecom Infra Project deal to drive 5G adoption

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Wipro is set to work within the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) to collaborate on 5G in the global communications service provider and enterprise markets.

Launched in February 2016, TIP was started with the goal to accelerate the pace of innovation in the telecom industry. Wipro’s work within TIP will promote collaboration between the company’s 5G strategic initiative, academia and industry thought leaders across communications and Network Equipment Providers (NEP) industries worldwide.

“With over 25 years of experience in telecom product and solution engineering, Wipro has been a prominent implementation partner for leading telecommunications and communication service providers and network equipment providers,” said Sanjay Bhartiya, vice president of industrial & engineering services at Wipro.

“Our Engineering NXT approach is the synthesis of our broad industry design experience for creating connected devices, software and data platforms to drive customer innovation at scale. Working within TIP, we will be able to deliver the next generation wireless solutions that will have the potential to revolutionise the wireless industry.”

As part of its strategic 5G initiative, Wipro is investing significantly in the creation of a TIP-based blueprint for a 5G MNO reference architecture and a next-generation 5G operational model. Wipro’s 5G TIP investment addresses four key distinct areas:

  1. Continuous physical end-to-end integration & validation of OpenRAN technologies developed within the TIP community;

  2. Creation of a cost-effective, autonomous 5G-ready next-generation, widely open-source- based OSS/BSS platform that harnesses the power of machine learning and advanced analytics, unlocking new business models and revenue streams;

  3. A modular end-to-end cyber security model; and

  4. A new optimised operations model, leveraging hyper automation through Wipro HOLMESTM AI & Automation Platform.

Wipro’s role will be to provide interoperability lab services and the end-to-end rollout and transformation of 5G wireless networks with innovative software-based solutions.

Attilio Zani, TIP executive director, added: “At TIP we recognize the important role that system integrators play in our ever-expanding ecosystem. I am excited that Wipro is taking an active role in the TIP community to promote collaboration around OpenRAN technology and 5G adoption. This type of collaboration is fundamental to TIP’s mission, and we welcome their efforts to move the industry forward.”

Wipro has strong IP in the telecom vertical with 173 patents (13 being 5G-related) and its 5G labs will be extended throughout 2020 globally.

The TIP Summit 2019 is presently taking place in Amsterdam and a number of other announcements have been unveiled this week, including:

Amdocs announcing that it will expand its role in delivering integration and validation services within the TIP initiative, as well as Sprint announing the opening of a TIP Community Lab aimed at furthering the development and deployment of OpenRAN 5G NR solutions; and

Telefónica is commercially deploying disaggregated cell site gateways (DCSGs) that have been developed through a collaboration between TIP, Infinera and Edgecore Networks. Commenting on the adoptiopn, Víctor López, network architect at Telefónica and co-chair of the OOPT group at TIP, said: "We are excited to mark the industry’s first adoption of DCSG technology in a large-scale live deployment."