Vodafone Idea Deploys Cisco Multicloud Solutions To Augment Network Capacity

India’s largest telco Vodafone Idea has joined hands with Cisco to build a distributed multicloud network which will help the operator augment its network capacity and meet future data demand from its retail as well as enterprise customers.

The Vodafone Idea multicloud network is based on Cisco Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) architecture.

“This automated solution has enabled a nationwide deployment in record time. It has fast-tracked Vodafone Idea’s Data Core Network rollout, increased capacities, and helped reduce costs as Cloud implementation is now done in just 72 hours,” Cisco said in a statement.

Post deployment, the cloud platform will able to host both IT and Network applications on one cloud, the statement added.

“We are in the midst of a large scale Network Integration and Transformation program to serve our approximately390 million subscribers,” said Vishant Vora, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Idea Limited. “Building a robust, secure and future proof network infrastructure based on the cloud is a key component of the transformation. The distributed cloud architecture will enable edge and fog computing services for our customers in both the enterprise and consumer spaces. Cisco has collaborated with us in building this fully virtualized, scalable cloud architecture that supports our traditional connectivity as well as IOT.”

Vodafone Idea’s automated cloud scale architecture is synchronized across applications, operating systems, infrastructure, and an underlying IP-MPLS core. The lean architecture design is brought to life with Cisco solutions comprised of Cisco VIM for NFVI management, Cisco Ultra Packet core, and Policy, 3rd party  VNFs (Virtual Network Functions), Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) – the industry-leading intent-based data center solution, Leaf-Spine Architecture, and Cloud Security.

As the operator modernizes its network to make it more efficient and future proof, the agile, smart, and efficient platform will help the operator adapt to changing customer preferences, and allow for the continued launch of innovative use cases. In the face of unpredictable data growth, agility means getting adequate capacity on line, where needed, in time.

“This project furthers Cisco’s position as a trusted partner at Vodafone Idea Limited India for cloud, virtualization, data center, and mobile packet core,” said Kishen Mangat, vice president, and general manager, Mobility Business Group, Cisco. “Our work together has helped to advance Vodafone Idea Limited rapidly growing data traffic over many years, and we look forward to our future networking transformation.”

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