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TCS eyes 3G software business

Tata Consultancy Services the largest Indian software exporter, plans to enter the 3G and next-generation telecom communication software business in a big way, report Indulal PM and Suprotip Ghosh.
By Indulal PM and Suprotip Ghosh | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2008 10:19 PM IST

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the largest Indian software exporter, is planning to enter the third generation (3G) and next-generation telecom communication software business in a big way. The company is in talks with at least two service providers as well as equipment makers for deployment of its solutions in India and abroad.

“We are interested in executive communications over the third generation telecommunications networks and are expecting to finalise a couple of deals soon,” said N Chandrasekaran, chief operating officer and executive director, TCS.

The infotech major, which is in the process of developing software solutions for telecommunications networks, wants to deploy these solutions in India too, Chandrasekaran said. India’s telecommunications industry is growing at a fast rate, and the government is keen on rolling out 3G, which will provide, among other things, wireless broadband Internet services in the country.

Telecom is currently the second largest vertical for TCS after banking and financial services. It recently bagged a multi-million outsourcing deal from Seimens Nokia Networks, a joint venture between cell phone maker Nokia and German giant Siemens for next generation network implementation.

The company also has clients like British Telecom, Cable and Wireless, Saudi Telecom and BSNL.

“TCS has strong presence in the telecom vertical,” said a Mumbai-based analyst, working with the global research firm, Gartner. “Their decision to enter the yet-to-be opened up 3G market would be one of the attempts to diversify the product verticals and portfolios. The company will definitely look at India and China, two of the world’s fastest growing telecom markets.”

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