HCL Technologies and IBM to Assist in Telco Modernization

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HCL Technologies, a renowned global technology business, has partnered with IBM to build a center of excellence (CoE). This Center of Excellence will assist communication service providers (CSPs) in modernising their network infrastructure, transforming service delivery, and streamlining operations. The center serves as a virtual hub for developing telco core, vRAN (virtualized radio access networks), ORAN (open radio access networks), private networks, edge modernization, and 5G laboratories offerings to enable telco clients to change their networks. HCL Technologies will also use and implement telco network automation tools such as HCL SoFy, HCL ANA (augmented network automation), Actian, HCL BigFix, and DRYiCE MyCloud to help clients improve network performance and streamline the transformation process.

HCL Technologies will form an IBM Telco Project Practice team to provide network outsourcing and modernization solutions leveraging IBM’s open hybrid cloud strategy as part of this initiative. The IBM Cloud for Telecommunications, for example, is an open, hybrid cloud architecture based on IBM Cloud Satellite and leveraging Red Hat OpenShift to fulfil the needs of the telco industry. HCL Technologies and IBM will also collaborate to incorporate IBM Cloud technology into HCL Telco products and industry solutions, such as IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation, IBM Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps, and IBM Edge Application Manager.

“Our joint solutions will be designed to help telecom players accelerate the modernization of their network infrastructure. This is not only about automation; CSPs can build their cloud platform and bring much-needed flexibility to their network functions. Along with IBM, we are looking to help accelerate the transition to 5G, drawing on our service excellence and unmatched domain expertise to develop end-to-end transformation solutions,” 

said Kalyan Kumar, Chief Technology Officer and Head, Ecosystems, HCL Technologies.

According to an IBM Institute for Business Value research titled “The End of Communications Services as We Know Them,” fifty percent of high-performing CSPs agreed that they must become strategic cloud platforms that integrate various partner ecosystems. Clients will receive education and skill development, design and planning support, and technical assets to adopt IBM Telco technology from HCL Technologies and IBM.

“The center of excellence for telecommunications aims to combine HCL Technologies’ deep industry experience and IBM’s open hybrid cloud approach to provide much-needed technical resources and support for clients in the industry. By growing our alliances with ecosystem partners such as HCL, we are seeking to bring solutions for companies in regulated industries to help modernize their operations through accelerated cloud adoption,”

said Inhi Cho Suh, General Manager, Strategic Partnerships, IBM.
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