Rs 15,000 crore 4G deal: TCS setting up four large BSNL data centres in ‘most complex deployment’

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is establishing large data centres across the four regions of India as part of its Rs 15,000-crore agreement with state-owned telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), according to COO N Ganapathy Subramaniam. TCS, in collaboration with the government’s Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), will make a total of 38 deployments of varying capacities in BSNL premises across all telecom circles of the company as part of its 4G network deployment, making it the first indigenous network solutions provider.
N Ganapathy Subramaniam told ET, “This is going to be the most complex deployment with two large data centres in each of the four zones—PR (for primary server) and DR (for disaster recovery server).”
He further added, “Beyond this, in each telecom circle, we will deploy 30 data centres depending on load requirements of that circle. So, it’s 38 deployments in total and we are working with hardware supply partners to complete the implementation by June.”
In May 2022, TCS informed the exchanges that it had, along with ITI Ltd, secured an advance purchase order of Rs 19,000 crore from BSNL to set up 100,000 4G sites. ITI is responsible for fulfilling nearly 20% of this order, while TCS handles the larger portion.
The TCS-led consortium, which includes C-DOT and indigenous telecom equipment-maker Tejas Networks, is responsible for the comprehensive planning, design, installation, commissioning, and optimization of the mobile network. Tata Sons, the parent company of TCS, holds a majority stake in Tejas Networks, which is based in Bengaluru.
This project signifies TCS’ entry into the modern 4G and 5G communications infrastructure segment, competing against global players such as Ericsson, Nokia, and Huawei. The deal was secured after nearly a year of negotiations. In terms of business, this is the largest deal win for TCS in 2023, following a $723-million deal from UK-based Phoenix Group and another one from British retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S), which is reportedly worth $1 billion.

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