Vodafone CTO reveals benefits from network virtual infrastructure

Vodafone Group, in association with VMware, has completed the roll-out of network virtual infrastructure (NVI) across Europe.
Vodafone mobile networkVodafone now has a single digital network architecture across its European markets, enabling the operator to design, build, test and deploy next generation functions more securely and around 40 percent more quickly.

Infrastructure automation helps limit the amount of manual intervention required to operate and maintain Vodafone networks.

VMware’s telco cloud infrastructure is deployed by Vodafone at more than 57 sites across Europe and 25 in its Africa, Asia and Oceania markets.

The cloud-based infrastructure supports voice core, data core and service platforms on over 900 virtual network functions. Almost 50 percent of Vodafone’s core network nodes providing voice and data services run on VMware’s NVI platform, vCloud NFV.

Johan Wibergh, chief technology officer of Vodafone Group, said: “Working with VMware, we have improved the speed and efficiency with which we can support customers and estimate that the cost of our core network functions has been reduced by 50 percent.”

“Leading service providers, like Vodafone, are adopting a telco cloud infrastructure to deliver next-generation applications and services,” said Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president and general manager, Telco and Edge Cloud, VMware.

VMware said its telco cloud platform provides the automation for virtual compute, storage, networking, management and operations capabilities to enable operators to provide virtualized network services.

VMware said its transformative capabilities allow communication service providers to accelerate time to market and increase revenue with new services, streamline operations, reduce network infrastructure costs, and deploy elastic business models for telecom workloads.