NEW DELHI: Local telecom equipment maker HFCL and IT services company Wipro have teamed up to develop 5G carrier equipment for Indian and global telecom operators.
“Wipro Limited and HFCL Limited announced that they have entered into a partnership to design a variety of 5G transport products which include Cell Site Router, DU (Distributed Unit) Aggregation Router and CU ( centralized unit),” the telecom equipment maker said in a regulatory filing.
HFCL shares closed up 1.07% at Rs 66.35 on Thursday on BSE. The announcement was made within the hours of the secondary market.
The offering aims to empower enterprises to realize their 5G vision and increase the speed at which they can bring high-quality 5G solutions to market.
The Bengaluru-based IT company said it will leverage Tarang Lab, its product compliance and certification labs in Bangalore, for hardware integration, validation and pre-certification.
HFCL is currently investing in a portfolio of 5G products for radio access network (RAN) and transport. Telco carrier network needs modernization due to much higher bandwidth per 5G cell site, densification of cell sites in 5G, Ethernet and IP transport, and new services with low latency requirements such as drones and autonomous vehicles, among others.
“These 5G transport products, based on open standards, will help operators realize the benefits of network disaggregation and are in the true spirit of ‘Make in India’ for the world,” said Mahendra Nahata, Managing Director. of HFCL.
“We are proud to partner with HFCL on their journey to invent the next generation of 5G products for network service providers in India and globally. We will leverage our strong experience in network equipment engineering, our expertise in 5G/L TE and VLSI (Very-Large Scale Integration), system design, engineering design services and embedded software,” said Satya Easwaran, Country Manager, India, Wipro Limited. HFCL and Wipro are both active members of the Telecom Infra Project or TIP, an industry association that works to develop and deploy open, disaggregated, and standards-based technology solutions.
This year in February, HFCL joined the O-RAN alliance to accelerate innovation in the fifth generation technology ecosystem.
As a member of the O-RAN alliance, HFCL will strive to contribute to standards that ensure a “true open, multi-vendor RAN network” with emphasis on transport, beamforming, intelligent RAN controller in real-time (RIC), Service Management & Orchestration (SMO) and end-to-end test specifications.