Ericsson inks optical fiber managed services deal with Vodafone

Vishant Vora, Vodafone
Telecom network maker Ericsson today announced its deal with Vodafone India to manage its optical fiber cable network for three years in 10 telecom circles.

The telecom managed services deal covers operations and maintenance of Vodafone’s optical fiber network across East and West India, spanning a distance of approximately 45,000 kilometers.

Vishant Vora, CTO of Vodafone India, said: “We have selected Ericsson as a partner to manage our optical fiber cable network given Ericsson’s strength and experience in managing multivendor, multi-technology networks for operators globally and in India. This agreement will give Vodafone the benefit of Ericsson’s expertise in this area.”

Vodafone India is expanding its own 3G services to many new circles, while launching 4G LTE services in 5 telecom circles in India. It has more than 194 million subscribers in India.

Ericsson has been Vodafone’s partner in the radio, core and transport domains for many years.

Ericsson provides managed services for networks that together serve more than 1 billion subscribers worldwide. With the addition of Vodafone’s optical fiber network Ericsson will manage 2,225,000 kilometers of fiber and strengthen its existing fiber operations in India.

On Wednesday, Ericsson India announced a 4G LTE network deal with Idea Cellular.

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