For the first time in the Indian IT industry, a global telecom leader (Motorola) is teaming up with a software service provider (Wipro) to set up a new company.
The new company, WMNetServ will deliver outsourced telecom services to the market.
India’s third largest software exporter Wipro and wireless and
broadband giant Motorola announced that the new company will take on
the global managed services business in a big way.
According to Mercer Management Consulting, the global managed and
advisory services market is expected to almost double during the next
four years, reaching $48 billion by 2010, from $26 billion in 2005.
This growth reflects an industry-wide shift from the traditional use of
in-house teams to manage network operations and maintenance to more
flexible managed services models.
This enables operators to better focus on critical business functions, while upgrading to next-generation capabilities.
“This is the first time that a new company is being formed to tackle
the telecom outsourced business as a separate entity. In the wake of
this development more such JVs and tie-ups will come up,” say Mercer
Nokia, which has a large network services business, has announced that
it would move its entire line of global managed services to India from
Jan 2007. In India, the Nokia Networks business unit has tied up with
leading operators like Hutch, Bharti and others to manage their
WMNetServ is a strategic move for both companies, demonstrating a
commitment to investing in services and offering new business
opportunities. The joint venture will offer public and private network
customers managed services focused on planning, deployment,
optimization, security, operations and support services.
“Wipro has a proven track record in delivering managed services and
complements Motorola’s expertise in mobility. The combined strength of
Wipro and Motorola gives WMNetServ a significant competitive advantage
in managed services,” said Srikanth Kannankote, corporate vice
“Our global delivery model and two decades of experience in telecom
outsourcing will enable us to offer scalable operations and
cost-effective implementations of turnkey solutions,” said Dr A L Rao,
chief operating officer, Wipro.
WMNetServ will host a Global Network Operation Center (GNOC) platform
to integrate with Motorola’ s existing NOCs in North America and
Europe, providing 24 by 7 network monitoring capabilities to customers.
WMNetServ’s primary delivery center, including the GNOC will be based in
India, while the headquarters and a regional subsidiary for the joint venture will
be established in Europe.
WMNetServ will be led by a Wipro representative while the board of
directors will have representation from Wipro and Motorola senior
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