Biznextindia : HCL Technologies, (HCL) has launched HCL SMARTWiFi, a WiFi management platform targeted to Communication Service Providers (CSPs) delivering WiFi services. HCL SMARTWiFi is a cloud-native, containerized, highly scalable platform that allows for large scale WiFi access point deployments. The platform offers far lower total cost of ownership, compared with traditional offering and includes a selection of access points from several leading WiFi access point manufacturers.
Built by HCL’s Industry Software Division, HCL SMARTWiFi offers integration with operation support and business support systems (OSS/BSS) network components for operational control and reporting. Additionally, HCL SMARTWiFi simplifies large scale rollouts with zero touch provisioning and delivers advanced features for Radio Resource Management (RRM), WiFi self-organizing network (SON) and analytics. HCL also provides a suite of advanced services for integration and deployment to support the SMARTWiFi platform. These extensive capabilities allow an CSP to roll out managed WiFi solutions rapidly, with the lowest TCO in the industry. In addition to traditional WiFi, the platform also supports WiFi 6 and complements the rollout of 5G networks. HCL SMARTWiFi was developed in partnership with Rakuten Mobile and is being deployed on the operator’s network across Japan.
“Our partnership with HCL allows us to deliver advanced WiFi management services to our Rakuten Mobile customers in Japan, and globally through Rakuten Symphony,” said Tareq Amin, Chief Technology Officer at Rakuten Mobile.
HCL SMARTWiFi is part of HCL Telecommunications portfolio which includes products for Self-Organizing Networks (SON), Network Device Management, Network Function Virtualization (NFV) acceleration, and Modem IP for Front/Mid/Back haul of 5G traffic. “Our work with Rakuten Mobile highlights both our R&D capabilities, as well as our dedication towards innovation and support for the telecom industry,” said Sukamal Banerjee, CVP and Head of HCL Technologies’ Industry Software Division “We have proven the technology and can offer Telco operators worldwide an extremely scalable and cost effective way to roll out WiFi services via our integrated product and service offering” he added.