Telefonica and Wipro team to offer network automation in Germany and Brazil

23 November 2021 | Saf Malik

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Telefonica and Wipro Limited have announced a joint agreement to introduce continuous integration, continuous deployment and continuous testing (CI/CD/CT) in Telefonica’s German and Brazillian markets.

Telefonica says it plans to leverage a common CI/CD/CT framework for all the markets which can be implemented locally to meet specific local integration needs with the support of the global information technology, consulting and business services company.

The solution will be built over opensource tools and will allow for rapid adaptation to future technological changes.

CI/CD/CT is integral to Telefonica Germany’s automation strategy according to the firm.

Thomas Braun, manager for test environments and integration for Telefónica Germany said: “Agile working methods and delivery mechanisms will play an important role in the future to be a successful player in the market.

“With Wipro, we have chosen a service provider that can build converged solutions for us to optimally serve all technology segments. Fast, reliable and standardized automation of all tasks from build to production will improve our time to market as well as service quality.”

While the initial target is 5G core network, the strategy is to expand the solution to other areas such as transport, access and infrastructure with prospective expansion to other locations such as Spain and the UK.

Telefonica Brazil says the initiative is fundamental to its cloudification and network transformation strategy.

For Wipro, the news comes fresh off a recently announced five-year strategic partnership with Telefonica Germany for a radical IT transformation (RAITT) program.

Thomas Mueller, CTO for engineering and R&D services at Wipro Limited said, "Network disaggregation, O-RAN and automation are at the core of our investments to enable cost-efficient, scalable networks of the future.

Our decade long partnership with Telefonica is continuing to thrive through this agreement. Wipro will now leverage our investments into open-source-based network automation and support Telefonica in future network transformation."