Vodafone expands to 15 countries via VMware Cloud
Vodafone has expanded its footprint of VMware’s cloud infrastructure to power its network. VMware is Vodafone’s primary strategic partner for telco cloud infrastructure services and its services are used across Vodafone’s operating markets around the world; they are live in 15 countries, in more than 50 sites, carrying increasing amounts of subscriber traffic on more than 300 core network functions.
Vodafone, which operates mobile and fixed networks globally, is bringing uniformity to its operations and management with a software-defined cloud infrastructure. This software-defined approach streamlines cost and increases agility for deployment and management of services.
With 5G on the horizon, Vodafone has focused on building an underlying cloud infrastructure foundation that speeds up deployment of current 4G services while introducing 5G readiness, without requiring disruptive and expensive re-platforming.
“The ability to be flexible and agile as we continue to automate our network operations and management could only be achieved through a software-defined infrastructure,” said Johan Wibergh, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Group.
VMware’s telco cloud infrastructure provides a hybrid cloud architecture, openness of APIs, OpenStack and Kubernetes compatibility, network-based micro-segmentation and service assurance. With a certification program that is designed to help VNF vendors simplify onboarding to the telco cloud platform, VMware’s ecosystem of VNF partners assists in the speed of operationalizing new service deployments.
Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president, strategy and corporate development and general manager, Telco NFV Group, VMware says, “Multi-cloud is the future of telco, and Vodafone is an innovator when it comes to leveraging the telco cloud for next-generation networks.” Vodafone and VMware will be at Mobile World Congress 2019.