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?
> 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?
> 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?
> 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?
> 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?
> I haven’t stopped dreaming and I haven’t stopped performing
First published: Tue 28 Dec 2021. 8:30 am IST