Bengaluru based information technology (IT) services major Wipro has announced a partnership with Israel based open network routing provider Exaware in a bid to jointly develop advanced engineering solutions in 5G upgrades.
The partnership aims to tackle traditional Radio Access Networks who have tightly coupled hardware and software options and are therefore slow to advance and harder to upgrade.
Exaware and Wipro will work on solutions that will decouple hardware from the software and thus help communication service providers (CSPs) to have broader options in terms of hardware and software vendors.
“Leveraging the combined engineering expertise of Wipro and Exaware, operators will be able to build flexible, self-optimizing networks,” said Thomas Muller, CTO – Engineering and R&D Services, Wipro Limited.
The partnership is expected to directly help network equipment providers and help advance Disaggregated Cell Site Gateways (DCSG). This will be done by enabling an end-to-end disaggregated Open RAN infrastructure, which Wipro said will ultimately bring down network costs.
“The Network Operating System makes it possible for CSPs to transform physical networks into virtual networks by adopting disaggregation and O-RAN principles.” Said Ben Afshari, Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Exaware. Afshari said that Exaware’s capabilities in the IP routing space would play a key role as Wipro helps CSPs modernize their networks.
The new partnership is among a slew of others announced over the week. Other companies Wipro tied up with over the past few days include IBM for IBM Cloud Paks, FEV for Software Defined Vehicles and one with Oracle’s cloud infrastructure division.
Apart from the partnerships, Wipro also engaged with the World Economic Forum for the latter’s New Work Standards initiative. The move is expected to work towards more human centric policies and to build human-first work standards in the era of work from home.