5g to drive Re­quire­ment for net­work Con­ver­gence’

—San­jay krishnaa Sr VP, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions BU and Pres­i­dent, APAC, Cyient

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Cyient is at the fore­front of in­stal­la­tion of small cells both in In­dia and glob­ally. In an in­ter­ac­tion with Voice&Data, San­jay Krishnaa, Sr VP, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions BU and Pres­i­dent, APAC, Cyient, shares his ex­pe­ri­ence in net­work plan­ning and de­sign­ing in both wire­line and wire­less tech­nolo­gies

Voice&Data: Af­ter 3G and 4G, how is Cyient pre­par­ing for 5G wire­less tow­ers?

San­jay Krishnaa: The hype around 5G is un­de­ni­able, but what we need to bear in mind is that 4G has not been im­ple­mented ev­ery­where. It is worth not­ing that 4G re­quires fiber con­nec­tion, while 5G does not. For 5G car­ri­ers just have to in­stall fiber op­tics to a cell tower ev­ery few blocks, in­stead of a more la­bor-in­ten­sive ap­proach of fiber roll­outs. Cyient has been at the fore­front of in­stal­la­tion of small cells both in In­dia and glob­ally. Our ex­pe­ri­ence in fixed and mo­bile con­ver­gence gives us the edge in net­work plan and de­sign with do­main ex­pe­ri­ence in both wire­line and wire­less tech­nolo­gies.

In­dus­try con­sen­sus is that 5G net­works will opt for fiber as the pre­ferred tech­nol­ogy for back­haul and fron­thaul, and 5G will drive the re­quire­ment for net­work con­ver­gence be­tween wired and wire­less traf­fic, in­creas­ing the re­quire­ment for fiber net­work so­lu­tions. Voice&Data: How is Cyient dif­fer­ent in its ser­vices rang­ing from net­work plan­ning and de­sign to GIS?

San­jay Krishnaa: Well, GIS forms the back­bone of ro­bust net­work plan­ning and de­sign. Europe and the US are far more ad­vanced when it comes to man­ag­ing land­base lo­cally. You will be sur­prised that lo­cal govern­ment agen­cies in th­ese coun­tries have their own land base on which net­work plan­ning and de­sign both green­field and brown­field is done for both util­i­ties and com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­dus­tries. The ap­proach to lo­cal land­base man­age­ment in In­dia is sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent. Al­though the ef­forts are on, we are still not dig­i­tized and it will take more time and com­mit­ment from the lo­cal govern­ment agen­cies to dig­i­tize the en­tire land­base both un­der and above the ground.

Voice&Data: How do you see the needs of com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vice providers get­ting changed and with that, what are the type of new tech­no­log­i­cal of­fer­ings you are bring­ing in to the fore­front?

San­jay Krishnaa: The tele­com in­dus­try is al­ways at the fore­front of dis­rup­tive tech­nol­ogy—from 2G in the late 1990s, we are now talk­ing about 5G. Our idea to ap­proach this kind of dis­rup­tion is by keep­ing things sim­ple and build­ing so­lu­tions on open source tech­nol­ogy. We rec­og­nize that our clients are un­der con­stant pres­sure to re­duce cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture, build ef­fi­cien­cies, and fo­cus on op­er­a­tional ex­cel­lence.

Some of our so­lu­tions like, MIGRA frame­work and TeeM NG® can seam­lessly trans­late, con­vert, and mi­grate data from legacy en­vi­ron­ments, sat­is­fy­ing both busi­ness and tech­ni­cal needs.

We have re­cently un­veiled an IoTen­abled Tower Op­er­a­tions Cen­ter (TOC) in Hyderabad. The TOC pro­vides 24/7 sur­veil­lance and re­motely mon­i­tors all pas­sive as­sets in cell tow­ers across mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions. It helps tower and in­fra­struc­ture com­pa­nies cen­tral­ize re­al­time mon­i­tor­ing of alarms and man­age key per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors of the crit­i­cal pas­sive in­fra­struc­ture of cell sites. This so­lu­tion has gar­nered a lot of in­ter­est in the CSP com­mu­nity in In­dia and also glob­ally. Voice&Data: What are some of the learn­ings from the net­work op­er­a­tor clients?

(In­dia spe­cific) San­jay Krishnaa: We work with some of the lead­ing com­pa­nies across the globe and the learn­ing is im­mense! From Cyient’s per­spec­tive, when we part­ner with CSPs we strive to be­come in­te­gral to their strate­gic roadmap. The fo­cus is to con­tinue to in­vest in build­ing our part­ner­ship and tak­ing it to the next level.

We be­lieve some of the best in­no­va­tions can hap­pen when it is done jointly with the client and treat­ing each other as part­ners and not just have a ven­dor-client re­la­tion­ship. Cyient strongly be­lieves in walk­ing to­gether on the jour­ney of co-cre­ation and co-in­no­va­tion to de­liver cut­ting-edge re­sults. Voice&Data: What are some of the chal­lenges ahead for Cyient and the tele­com in­dus­try?

San­jay Krishnaa: Com­pe­ti­tion from OTT play­ers is the num­ber one chal­lenge the in­dus­try faces. If you add the voice ser­vices pro­vided on top of messaging apps, then the is­sue be­comes much more sig­nif­i­cant. How do we ad­dress this? Well, by gear­ing up for an IoT revo­lu­tion; shift­ing from con­nected de­vices to con­nected peo­ple.

The in­dus­try must relook at IoT as a tech­nol­ogy for the masses and see how it not only is adopted but is in­te­grated into our ev­ery­day lives. While CSPs are try­ing to add value and solve busi­ness prob­lems for en­ter­prises, when it comes to mass mar­ket, the value propo­si­tion is not com­pelling. IoT does not have apps with mass ap­peal yet. And it’s im­por­tant that we change this dy­namic if the in­dus­try has to thrive.

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