Vodafone completes European roll-out of VMware infra

Vodafone completes European roll-out of VMware network virtual infrastructure

08 April 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Vodafone Group has completed the roll-out of network virtual infrastructure (NVI) across all of its European business and 21 markets using VMware technology.

Due in part to the Covid-19 crisis, having a reliable, agile network that can be efficiently upgraded to maintain the quality of coverage has become even more important at Vodafone.

Thanks to the completion of work in Albania, Vodafone now has a single digital network architecture across its European markets.

As such the company is able to design, build, test and deploy next-gen functions more securely and around 40% more quickly.

In addition, infrastructure automation also helps limit the amount of manual intervention required to operate and maintain Vodafone networks. 

“Vodafone wants to be the industry’s leading digital telco and we are pleased with the progress made to introduce modern cloud-based technology and automation,” said Johan Wibergh, chief technology officer, Vodafone Group.

“Working with VMware, we have improved the speed and efficiency with which we can support customers and estimate that the cost of our core network functions has been reduced by 50 percent*.”

VMware’s telco cloud infrastructure, which is deployed at more than 57 Vodafone sites across Europe and 25 in its Africa, Asia and Oceania markets, supports voice core, data core and service platforms on over 900 virtual network functions.

Additionally, VMware’s telco cloud platform provides the automation for virtual compute, storage, networking, management and operations capabilities to enable operators to provide virtualised network services.

It also enables Communication Service Providers to accelerate time to market and increase revenue with new services, streamline operations, reduce network infrastructure costs, and deploy elastic business models for telecommunications workloads.

“Leading service providers, like Vodafone, are adopting a telco cloud infrastructure to deliver next-generation applications and services,” said Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president and general manager of telco and edge cloud, VMware.

“The successful engagement between our two companies is evident in the tremendous results Vodafone has captured since starting on their network transformation journey. We look forward to continuing to innovate together to unlock the transformational benefits of network modernization for Vodafone customers.”