NTT DATA, a leading Business- and IT-solution provider and Mavenir, an industry leading provider of cloud-native network software for telecommunications providers, have announced a strategic cooperation. The aim of the cooperation is to jointly develop a broad portfolio of solutions and services for private 5G and 4G networks in Germany. This is an important element of the software-defined 5G strategy which puts NTT DATA in a pioneering role. The focus here is on virtualized mobile networks which reduce the dependence of subscribers on their provider. In the initial phase, they will be jointly developing concepts for the German-speaking market (Germany, Switzerland, Austria), with an expansion to other regions and markets expected to follow.
The cooperation is expected to provide a complete range of 5G and 4G systems and solutions. These range from OpenRAN radio access, cloud core solutions for data and voice, management and orchestration of 5G solutions, digital enablement platforms to analytics and applications for enterprises and industry. For the private network offerings, NTT DATA and Mavenir are combining their respective strengths to enable the creation of state-of-the-art solutions and services on the market. This also includes cooperation with private companies from various industries, public and government authorities, and network operators to support the introduction and integration of private networks and related applications and services.
In addition, NTT DATA will offer its own 5G campus network in the co-creation space “Ensō- The Space for Creators”. It will be available as a showroom solution. Further 5G solutions will also be developed on the basis of this campus network. Together with NTT DATA experts, enterprises can create their own 5G use cases and implement them as proof of concept. The acquisition of their own 5G license is an important first milestone in this respect.
“While major providers only offer combinations of 4G and 5G networks and rely on proprietary systems, NTT DATA focused early on virtualized networks and is a clear pioneer in offering a pure 5G network,” says Sebastian Solbach, Head of Telecommunications at NTT DATA. “Mavenir was an obvious partner for us because the company has several years of experience with virtualized core and RAN network elements, is established with all German mobile providers and is one of the few companies to offer a complete network portfolio- an ideal complement for us as experts for IT and business solutions”.
“Mavenir is pleased to continue charting new and disruptive ways to digitize industry and enterprise, and bring 5G capabilities that will leverage connectivity, mobility, data and networking for their digital transformation,” said Aniruddho Basu, SVP & GM Emerging Business, Mavenir. “This collaboration also underscores Mavenir’s efforts in building a strong and symbiotic partner ecosystem. Together with NTT DATA, we will bring to bear global and local market reach, strong cloud capabilities, complementary technology and solution assets, and enhance a digital marketplace with a joint ecosystem of applications and devices.”