Bercut representatives explained how to achieve plans to ensure technological sovereignty in the communications industry

17 October 2023

During the pitch session of the joint demo day organized by “Mobile Communications” and “Fixed Communication” Competence Industrial Centers, one of the leading Russian developers of software for telecoms business development, Bercut, shared its approach enabling accelerated realization of plans to ensure technological sovereignty in the communications industry and how to effectively do it.

The face-to-face meeting was held last Thursday in Moscow, October 12, 2023. The event was attended by representatives of the government authorities, fixed and mobile operators, and developers of software for the telecommunications market. All participants shared a common interest in import substitution and implementation of plans to complete the “new map of domestic telecom services” developed by major market players supported by “Rostelecom” PJSC and “Mobile Communications” Competence Industrial Center. Ivan Ryl, Director of the Product Marketing Department, demonstrated to his colleagues the map completed with Bercut products as part of his presentation.

Ivan summarized that:

  • Bercut product portfolio could satisfy more than 70 % of operators’ needs in the IT landscape and be classified as industry-specific software.
  • 25 % of Bercut products meet operators’ requirements and were listed in the Russian software register.

The speaker emphasized that the import substitution trend became a major challenge for telecom market players due to tremendous costs.

“To implement this global objective, enterprises will have to not just replace one solution with another, but rethink the entire technology stack in their IT landscape. This entails a number of tasks to be addressed by both the operator and telecom software suppliers. It is evident that we can expect the map to be fully completed with domestic IT products only within a few years. Moreover, not every vendor is eager to strictly follow this trend. Some software vendors are still considering this development path. They would like to be aware whether this or that product will be in demand or not, and if it is worth investing,” Ivan Ryl, Product Marketing Department Manager at Bercut.

However, Ivan did encourage his colleagues:

 “Bercut has already estimated the demand for some solutions outside the Russian Federation. The company operates in friendly markets, and we can confidently state that there is interest in domestic products to be in line with the concept of digital sovereignty.”

In the case of Bercut, the development of IT systems on the basis of the advanced technology stack ensures digital sovereignty for companies. Right at the design stage, Bercut applies a multi-layer approach to building the solution architecture. This ensures a foundation for a decade ahead for the user to independently develop the system, eliminating any large-scale modernization, additional costs and improvements on the part of the vendor.
In his presentation, Ivan identified two strategic focuses that according to Bercut can make the process of completing the map with Russian IT systems efficient and consistent with market demands.

  • Products compliant with industry standards
On the map of the IT landscape of the Competence Industrial Center, one shall distinguish the products belonging to the “commodity” class, the development of which shall be in line with certain specifications and standards adopted in the telecommunications industry.
  • Products that enhance operators’ competitive advantages

When developing products that are in demand in the telecommunications market, one shall be guided by current and potential needs.

According to Ivan, in any case, it is worth creating these solutions with involvement of all interested parties, jointly formulating functional requirements for the solutions and sharing the investment volume.

“Technological and cooperation partnerships between several telecom operators, IT vendors, equipment suppliers or government institutions, inter alia, will allow one to effectively apply the already existing achievements. Joint drafting of requirements and standards will result in a solution that can be most consistent with the market expectations. Meanwhile, reallocating resources on a ‘win-win’ principle will not only allow reducing costs, but will also add value in terms of partnerships.”