Vodafone India selects Ericsson to manage fibre

19 February 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe

Vodafone India has agreed a three-year contract for Ericsson to manage its optical fibre cable network in 10 telecom circles.

The agreement covers operations and maintenance of 45,000km of network across India and Ericsson will also be tasked to boost network efficiency and enhance subscriber experience.

"Ericsson has been Vodafone's partner in the radio, core and transport domains for many years. This managed services agreement in India strengthens that partnership in a very important market and complements our collaborations in other parts of the world,” said Paolo Colella, head of region India at Ericsson. 

With the addition of Vodafone's optical fibre network, Ericsson’s fibre operations in India will grow to 225,000km of fibre.

Vishant Vora, CTO of Vodafone India, added the deal was struck given Ericsson's strength and experience in managing multivendor, multi-technology networks for operators globally.

Vodafone has recently been expanding its own 3G services to many new circles and also launched 4G-LTE services in 5 circles in India.

It currently has more than 194 million subscribers in India.