Tech Mahindra Unveils Plans For India

by Sunil Kumar    Feb 27, 2007

Tech Mahindra is planning a foray into the triple play services in India.

Sources in the company said that there is an accelerated movement towards convergence where companies are offering next generation converged services. Areas such as broadband, Wimax, MPLS, IMS, IPTV, VoD, etc hold a lot of growth potential. “Our company sees a lot of roles to play in these areas by way of providing consultancy, managed services, solution, integration, application development and services,” they informed.

On plans for the segment, they added, “Emergence of triple play services are opening up an array of opportunities in TV, telephone and video segments in India and abroad. We have developed our own tool to tap this segment.”

The company will partner with tier one telecom players in the UK for IPTV. It is also in talks with Indian players for similar solutions.

Besides, the company is also planning further expansions in India. Tech Mahindra that provides domain expertise in OSS (Operations Support Systems) and BSS (Business Support Systems), lately partnered with Microsoft for Connected Services Sandbox, Sitronics for NGNs and with Ubiquity to develop prototype applications.

Gowri Krishna, VP, Network Design and Engineering, Tech Mahindra, unveiled his company’s plans for the future.

On the partnership with Evolved Networks, a British company to specialize in managing complex telecommunication access networks to require extensive manual processes and network planning systems. Krishna said, “It is a joint go-to-market alliance to combine Tech Mahindra’s breadth and experience of delivering global services to operators worldwide with Evolved Networks’ depth of knowledge and expertise of the access network.”

“The solution will allow operators to increase profitability and improve quality of service, by helping them to efficiently manage their access network. This is a proactive approach taken by both companies in allowing operators to deliver high-quality next generation services efficiently,” he remarked.

Speaking on Tech Mahindra’s role in the partnership, he informed, “This will primarily revolve around pre-deployment analysis, installation, providing program management expertise and maintenance in the post deployment scenario.”

Tech Mahindra has three existing facilities in Pune and two in Mumbai. These facilities house 7,000 professionals. The company had added yet another facility - a center of excellence at Hinjewadi in Pune.

The center would be the main development centre for rapidly growing projects from the US region. Various system integration projects on core telecom areas like OSS / BSS that involve leading COTS products will be handled from this center.

Construction is going on full swing: the first phrase of construction work will be completed by end of December 2007 and next phase will be completed end 2008.The campus, called Tech Mahindra Technology Centre West, will have the capacity to seat about 5,000 people in the first phase.

Spread over 24 acres, the new state-of-the-art campus when complete, will have a capacity to seat 10,000 people and will offer video conferencing facilities, training centres, food courts, an amphitheatre, recreation facilities, water bodies, a gymnasium and a sports complex.

Krishna added that Tech Mahindra sees a lot of promise in areas such as Network Design, Planning, Optimization, Testing, Network Operations and Maintenance, etc.

However, the execution of these plans will depend on the growth of the telecom sector; already witnessing hectic activity globally and specifically in India.