Vodafone Idea teams with Ciena to revamp networks

14 January 2022 | Saf Malik

Cover

Vodafone Idea is revamping its national backbone networks after it announced a partnership with Ciena.

The news comes as it was recently announced that the Indian government has taken a majority stake in the troubled telco that has been riddled with debt for the past few years.

The company says that its new 300G/400G backbone network increases scale and performance in an “energy and cost-efficient” manner.

“Escalating demand for data requires a high-capacity and resilient network that can thrive not only today but for years to come,” said Jagbir Singh, CTO of Vodafone Idea.

“Preparing a future-fit network, through our partnership with Ciena, will enable Vi subscribers to experience world-class highly available, scalable connectivity and realize the benefits of cloud, IoT, and 5G in future.”

The telco has forged several partnerships in recent times and it says its collaboration with Ciena is in line with its strategy to build a future-fit network for emerging technologies such as 5G in India.

Vodafone Idea has deployed Ciena’s 6500 packet-optical powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme for high speed 300G/400G services.

And according to reports in the country, 2022 may be the year that 5G becomes mainstream in India.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has reportedly informed the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) that it will submit 5G pricing recommendations in March.

This means that a 5G spectrum auction is likely to take place in July or August.