07 June 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Vodafone has moved to a cloud packet core network for its mobile network around Bangalore, India.
The company says the network will serve 8.7 million
customers in and around Bangalore – now called
Bengaluru – in central southern India. The city is
home to much of the country’s high-technology
The operator has picked Nokia to supply the cloud packet core
network, supported by Nokia CloudBand software.
Vodafone India’s technology director Vishant Vora
said the cloud approach "will enable us to scale faster by
improving business productivity and network operations". It
would help the company provide "a more reliable and superior
network experience to our customers".
An additional benefit is lower power per customer, he
Samar Mittal, account director at Nokia India, said the cloud
packet core would better handle mobile broadband growth. "Our
technology also enables Vodafone to deliver the best-in-class
mobile broadband experience to the customer and lives up to our
joint social responsibility to reduce carbon emissions."
A cloud approach will allow the network to deliver advanced
services such as internet of things (IoT) and machine type
communications, and it will be able to handle the complex
multi-vendor and multi-technology network efficiently.
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