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Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the country’s largest IT services firm, has been selected by Three UK to help the latter configure its mobile network for rollout of 5G services. 

The Indian firm has been selected as partner to manage the configuration of a new core next generation mobile network, and ensure it integrates correctly with the 5G Radio Access Network (RAN). This will include configuring the core network for new site deployments, site upgrades, performance management, and 3G and 4G tuning changes, TCS said in a statement.

Three UK is in the process of deploying a new 5G radio access network, which is already going live in 175 towns and cities in the UK, across more than 1,000 sites, providing its customers with access to next generation 5G connectivity. 

“Three UK’s 5G rollout 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’ 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.

“With our deep telecommunications industry expertise and continued investments and innovation in 5G, we are the ideal partner to make this a success. Our new partnership will help Three’s network to continue to provide the standout experience their customers have come to expect,” Carol Wilson, Head, Communications, Media and Information Services Business–Europe and UK at TCS said.

TCS has been Three UK’s partner for the past 15 years, working with a wide variety of business units and has been instrumental in supporting the company’s ambition of becoming the world’s first telco, to host all its applications entirely on the public cloud