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Artificial intelligence and machine learning have surged to the forefront, driving innovation...
Ramesh Ramanathan, Principal Architect, Network Solutions and Services, oversees the open source initiatives of the company. His responsibilities involve crafting comprehensive business plans, strategic roadmaps, and pricing structures for a diverse array of products. Beyond strategic planning, he is deeply involved in the architectural aspects of these products, leveraging expertise to design and optimise their functionality. He has expertise in software-centric telecom networks driven by software-defined networking/network functions virtualisation and the cloud.
On telecom sector trends, Ramanathan says, “Artificial intelligence and machine learning have surged to the forefront, driving innovation, while internet of things has gained substantial traction, fostering heightened connectivity. Autonomous networks, characterised by self-optimisation and self-healing capabilities, are becoming integral, while the concept of digital twins is facilitating advanced network management.”
Along with the exciting opportunities opening up in the sector, there are several challenges too. “Cybersecurity is emerging as a major challenge, given the industry’s heightened dependence on software-centric technologies,” Ramanathan notes. “This necessitates robust strategies to mitigate potential risks. The advent of 5G and edge computing also introduces complexities in implementation and infrastructure upgrades. Technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality present attractive opportunities, but also come with their own set of challenges.”
Ramanathan’s most memorable assignment involved orchestrating and automating the 4G and 5G non-standalone network for Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited. “The excitement stemmed from the unique challenges posed by the sheer scale of India’s size and population. What added a profound layer of fulfilment was the internal joy of contributing to a project of national significance,” he says.
Ramanathan follows a people-centric approach at Tata Elxsi, prioritising collaboration and empowerment over authoritative directives. He believes in motivating and inspiring individuals to achieve their highest potential.
Ramanathan has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in computer science. In his free time, he enjoys engaging in a variety of activities, such as sports, gardening and visiting the beach. His family comprises his wife, who is a lawyer practising in the Madras High Court, their daughter, and his parents, who were esteemed professors in their respective fields.