CP Gurnani’s plan for Tech Mahindra amid Covid-19 uncertainty


In an interview with Surajeet Das Gupta of Business Standard, CEO and Managing Director of Tech Mahindra, CP Gurnani, shared plans for growing his business amid continued uncertainty caused by Covid-19

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Q: Has Covid and now the possibility of another wave impact your business or provide Tech Mahindra with new opportunities?
Responnse :
> 50% of TechM’s revenue comes from telecommunications service providers and the telecommunications ecosystem

> Telecom operators must work on upgrading the network, to add 5G value
> The new platforms will boost telecom consumption
> The WFH will promote network service providers to customers

> TechM’s field of intervention
-5G and software-defined networks
-5G in business
– Network upgrade by service providers
Digital platform for telecoms
Q: You are a major player in the Open Radio Access Network (ORAN) space for 4G and 5G. But recently you sold your 50 percent stake in Altiostar, which was a key player in the ORAN tech space, to Rakuten. Is there a change in strategy?
Responnse :
> The number of players in the Open Radio Access Network (ORAN) space has increased
> Microsoft, VMware and Mavenir which have their own ORAN ecosystem
> Strategy: Not a one-to-one implementing partner, instead execute with key players
> Rakuten is one of TechM’s biggest partners
Q: Many telecom companies in India are building their own 5G networks, like Jio and Airtel. Airtel has a connection with the Tatas and Jio with others. Is this the model you will go with? Or is the door for you to do business with Indian telecom operators closed?
Responnse :
> All actors trying to find viable proofs of concept at a certain scale and volume
> The implementing partner of all actors, including Airtel and Jio
> Do not focus on the product; Tatas not a competition
Q: A key problem that you always tend to face is the people problem: recruiting more people, training them. As growth occurs, attrition increases. What’s the situation at Tech Mahindra? How do you approach this problem?
Responnse :
> Talent is an industry-wide problem
> A war for talent is underway
> Opening of offices in level 2 cities
> Presence in emerging markets
> Find young talents and participate in their career development
Q: Do you think Tech Mahindra will rank among the top three IT service companies by revenue in the near future?
Responnse :
> I haven’t stopped dreaming and I haven’t stopped performing

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First published: Tue 28 Dec 2021. 8:30 am IST


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