Tech Mahindra sets up three 4G labs

MUMBAI (TIP): Tech Mahindra has set up three laboratories for Long Term Evolution technology, one in Delhi and one each in Pune and Bangalore. The software services provider, in which vehicle manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra holds about 48 per cent stake, intends to work along with companies readying to launch the services in the country.

Long Term Evolution (LTE), commonly called 4G, is a standard for high-speed data communication for mobile phones and data networks. In India, 4G (which is 4-10 times faster than 3G) licences were issued to six operators, with four of them actively looking to deploy the services.

Will Support Operators

“We will support the operators to deploy the services. We have been working with telecom operators in many countries, including the major ones, and we intend to provide this expertise here in India,” Tech Mahindra Head of Mobility Business Jagdish Mitra said.

However, Mitra declined to names the companies, citing confidential clauses. He also did not disclose the investments Tech Mahindra has committed for the technology, nor the expected returns. Tech Mahindra has set up a device lab in Delhi. It has also set up an application and network integration lab each in Pune and Bangalore. Tech Mahindra would provide system and network integration services, security services and configuring of new and emerging devices for 4G services.

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Other Players

Bharti Airtel, the country’s largest telecom operator, has already launched 4G services in two circles, Kolkata and Bangalore. Other three major players — Reliance Industries, Tikona Digital Networks and Aircel — are expected to launch the services by this yearend, or in early 2013.

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