The deal enhances Vodafone Idea Limited’s capability to cater to growing customer demand for data along with ability to quickly introduce basic 5G services for customers, while maintaining high performance network requirements.
Swedish telecom giant Ericsson on May 3 announced it will provide its Cloud Packet Core that provides a smooth transition to 5G services to Vodafone Idea's (VIL) existing network.
The move lets VIL benefit from Ericsson’s network applications and functions that allow the telco to introduce new services faster without hampering its existing services.
With the deal, VIL will take advantage of services such as virtual Evolved Packet Gateway (vEPG), Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVi) solution, etc. that can further help in providing its customers with basic 5G services on the existing network.
The company will also be able to deliver personalised services along with seamless transitions between contemporary LTE and advanced 5G network.
According to Vishant Vora, Chief Technology Officer, VIL, “Data consumption in India is growing rapidly and users are looking for new, richer experiences every day. At VIL, we endeavour to stay ahead of the curve by investing in technologies and solutions to address the evolving demands of millions of our customers in India. We are confident that Ericsson’s vEPC solution will enable us to meet our strategic goals.”
According to Alvise Carlon, Head of Digital Services for Market Area Southeast Asia, Oceania and India, Ericsson, “For several years now, Ericsson has been leading the market when it comes to virtual EPC. As users across India consume more and more data, packet core networks will need to be enhanced. It is one of the largest vEPC deployments for us anywhere in the world.”
“This will not only provide VIL the scale and reach to address the growing data traffic levels in India, but the advanced cloud infrastructure will also enable VIL to tap new revenue streams in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Internet of Things (IoT),” Carlon adds.
Built on virtual Evolved Packet Core (EPC) applications, Ericsson’s Cloud Packet Core provides customers with the ability to evolve from EPC to dual mode core operations, 5G EPC and 5GC.Ericsson’s NFVI solution enables operators to install newer applications with speed while keeping the total cost of ownership low. The solution optimizes mobile broadband services and supports enterprise services. It also helps form a secure platform for advanced services such as IoT and 5G.
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