HCL Technologies (HCL), and IBM have announced the opening up of a center of excellence (CoE) which will help CSPs (communication service providers) modernize their network infrastructure, transform service delivery and simplify operations.
The center is a virtual hub to develop offerings designed to help telco clients transform their networks, including telco core, vRAN (virtualized radio access networks), ORAN (open radio access networks), private networks, edge modernization and 5G labs.
HCL Technologies will also leverage and deploy products in Telco Network Automation like HCL SoFy, HCL ANA (augmented network automation), Actian, HCL BigFix, DRYiCE MyCloud to further accelerate network performance and streamline the transformation process for clients.
As part of this initiative, HCL Technologies will establish an IBM Telco Initiative Practice team to develop network outsourcing and modernization solutions using IBM’s open hybrid cloud approach. This includes the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications, an open, hybrid cloud architecture built on IBM Cloud Satellite and leveraging Red Hat OpenShift – to meet the requirements of the telco industry.
HCL Technologies and IBM will also collaborate to integrate associated IBM Cloud technology such as IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation, IBM Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps and IBM Edge Application Manager into HCL Telco offerings and industry solutions.
“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,” said Kalyan Kumar, Chief Technology Officer and Head, Ecosystems, HCL Technologies.
“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,” said Inhi Cho Suh, General Manager, Strategic Partnerships, IBM.