India’s TCS eyes US market to sell Made-in-India 5G radio gears

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest IT company is eyeing the US market to sell its locally developed 5G radio network equipment. For that, the company wants to qualify Tajas Networks’ N78 5G radios for global sale opportunities.

“The N78 5G radios designed by Tejas Networks may be qualified for all greenfield and brownfield 5G opportunities that present themselves to the company globally including in the US,” TCS chief operating officer NG Subramiam said.

The N78 5G radio is developed by Saankhya Labs and is compatible with 3300 MHz spectrum band. It’s currently being manufactured by Tejas Networks.

In 2021, Tata Sons took over Tejas Networks, India’s domestic telco gear maker. Currently, it is supplying radio equipment to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) 4G program.

The ambitious move comes on the backdrop of the recently-held G20 summit where India and the US expressed their commitment to strengthen their cooperation for 5G and 6G technologies. US President Joe Biden even offered Indian companies to support the Rip and Replace program, an initiative that seeks to replace gears made by Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE over the suspicion of espionage.

The two countries also agreed to partner on Open RAN developments.

TCS’s plan aligns with India’s goal of making India for the world to address the global supply chain issues. And if the plan is substantiated, it will be a major leap for India’s telco equipment business against its Chinese competitors.

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