Vodafone announced an expansion of it’s core network in Europe. The company plans to deploy VMware’s complete Telco Cloud Platform to handle the workloads on its 5G standalone core networks across Europe.
VMware’s task now is to automate and orchestrate all network functions and services, regardless of which vendor they come from, for the telecom to run its core networks.
Networks are undergoing an evolution as virtualization and containerization increase. VMware offers a uniform, cloud-native platform for onboarding and managing various workloads across any network or cloud.
The telco platform VMware provides aims to speed up deployment and boost operational efficiency for operators who handle multi-vendor CNFs and VNFs with scale across networks.
Sanjay Uppal, SVP and general manager for Service Provider and Edge at VMware, released a statement saying that as service providers modernize their networks and transition to 5G, they need a single platform for automation and streamlining the delivery of multi-vendor network functions across the board (edge, RAN and network core).
He added that the VMware Telco Cloud Platform brings unity to operations, speeds up automation, and increases feature speed across every part of the network.
Vodafone previously tapped VMware for its Network Function Virtualization platform, and it would appear that the company liked the result. Vodafone’s rollout of Telco Cloud Infrastructure happened last year across 21 markets, including Europe. The result was that network functions are about 40% faster and Vodafone reached cost savings of up to 55%.
With numbers like that, it is not hard to see why Vodafone would go all-in on VMware for their operations, automation, simplifications, to leverage 5G for an increasingly digital world.