Vodafone Idea or Vi on Wednesday announced its collaboration with Cisco to simplify and automate its network to support 4G and, in the future, 5G use cases, and offer a better-quality experience for its consumer, retail, and enterprise customers. Vi noted that it is working with Cisco to design and build a cost-efficient network architecture to drive greater speed to market with emerging opportunities in 4G, 5G, cloud, and IoT.
Vi notes that it can deploy a host of innovative new software applications and services including voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) by adding Cisco Ultra Packet Core to its network architecture. Cisco Ultra Packet Core offers greater performance and capacity for Vi's network through automation and analytics, helping Vi reach and connect more people and devices faster.
Jagbir Singh, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Idea Ltd said, "We are committed to providing seamless connectivity to our customers and enhancing user experiences, empowered by an intelligent and automated network. As part of our digital transformation journey, we are happy to partner with Cisco to bring innovative new services to more people in the digital era."
Adam MacHale, Vice President of EMEAR Service Provider, Cisco, "The strong, trusted relationship between Vi and Cisco sits at the heart of this exciting deployment. Vi is committed to delivering best-in-class services to its subscribers and bridging the digital divide that separates urban from rural areas. Success depends upon a highly resilient, secure, and scalable network infrastructure that can meet any challenge or opportunity. This is a significant step forward in India's transformation journey. It puts Vi in a strong position to take advantage of the future opportunities that 5G, cloud and IoT Services will bring, supporting critical industry sectors such as healthcare and education."
Earlier this week, telecom company Airtel announced its partnership with Tata Group and Jio announced its partnership with Intel. On Monday, Intel said it will work on "co-innovations" with Reliance Jio for its 5G radio-access network (RAN), among other things.
Reliance Jio is one of many carriers around the world using a new approach to build 5G networks, Reuters reported. Rather than using gear primarily from telecommunications-specific firms such as Nokia, Ericsson or Huawei, carriers are shifting toward using software to handle more network functions and tapping the same kind of standard computing equipment used in data centers to run the networks.
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