Telefónica and Wipro Limited have signed an agreement to initiate the transformational journey towards Network Operations by introducing Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment and Continuous Testing (CI/CD/CT) in Telefonica’s German and Brazilian markets, with the perspective of expansion to Spain and UK.
Telefonica plans to leverage a common CI/CD/CT framework for all the markets which can be implemented locally to meet specific local integration needs, with the support of Wipro.
Telefonica Germany considers CI/CD/CT to be an important tool when implementing automation strategy. “Agile working methods and delivery mechanisms will play an important role in the future to be a successful player in the market. With Wipro, we have chosen a service provider that can build converged solutions for us to optimally serve all technology segments. Fast, reliable and standardized automation of all tasks from build to production will improve our time to market as well as service quality,” said Thomas Braun, Manager Test Environments & Integration, Telefónica Germany.
Telefonica Brazil considers the initiative fundamental in its cloudification and network transformation strategy. “Automation of testing and continuous delivery will be one of the pillars to address the new construction model for 5G networks and even for traditional fixed and mobile networks,” said Elmo Rocha, Director of Planning and Technology, VIVO.
“CI/CD/CT is a must in our 5G strategy enabling the robustness and reliability of our Network while ensuring adaptability and accelerating the time to market. This is one of the key steps in the path of automation of our networks. We see Wipro as the best partner for this journey given the know-how and the experience we have in some other projects of automation like SDN implementation” said Cayetano Carbajo, Director of Core, Service Platforms and Transport, Telefonica CTIO.
Thomas Mueller, CTO – Engineering and R&D Services, Wipro Limited said, “Network disaggregation, O-RAN and automation are at the core of our investments to enable cost-efficient, scalable networks of the future. Our decade-long partnership with Telefonica is continuing to thrive through this agreement. Wipro will now leverage our investments into open-source-based network automation and support Telefonica in future network transformation.”
This will ease collaboration among Telefonica OpCos allowing to share design, parametrization/configuration, test plans and results.
The solution, developed by Wipro, will be built over open-source tools and open to evolution, allowing rapid adaptation to future technological changes. Common repository test tools will also be used, with the possibility of future integration with the CI/CD/CT pipeline.
Wipro will work with Telefonica to automate the associated Network Operations and, thus, enable the transition to the Telco Cloud and the adoption of the virtualized Network Functions.
Wipro had also recently announced a five-year strategic partnership with Telefónica Germany / O2 for a Radical IT Transformation (RAITT) program.