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Three UK partners TCS to speed 5G deployment

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Tata Consultancy Services will help the British operator configure and maintain 5G infrastructure.

Three UK has chosen Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), to help it configure its mobile network for its ongoing rollout of 5G services, including to leverage automation for first time right network operations.

Three's infrastructure and plans for 5G were heavily reliant on Huawei technology, but the government banned using Huawei equipment in 5G networks and having to remove Chinese vendors' equipment from existing infrastructure.

Three is in the process of deploying a 5G radio access network, which is already live in 175 towns and cities in the UK, across more than 1,000 sites.

Core matters

It selected TCS as its partner to manage the configuration of a new core next generation mobile network, and ensure it integrates correctly with the 5G radio access network. This work will include configuring the core network for new site deployments, site upgrades, performance management, and 3G and 4G tuning changes.

The plan is that TCS’ software will speed-up configuration checking and reduce manual errors, ensuring first time right network configuration. TCS is also providing 24x7 support across the network for configuration corrections and ad-hoc site testing. These improvements will help Three deliver faster, secure and more reliable 5G services to its customers.

Delivery at pace

“Three UK’s 5G roll-out is underpinned by our agility in bringing services to market. Our decision to partner with TCS was based on this need to deliver at pace whilst being flexible to changing demands. TCS were able to rapidly mobilise and are now embedded in our 5G delivery to support our 5G journey,” said Carlo Melis, Chief Networks Officer, Three UK.

TCS has been a Three UK partner for the 15 years, working with various business units and especially in supporting the company’s ambition of hosting all its applications on the public cloud.