UK-based Vodafone Group, working with software developer VMware, has completed the rollout of network virtual infrastructure (NVI) across all of its European business, comprising 21 markets in total. In a press release regarding the development, VMware noted that following the completion of work in Albania, Vodafone Group 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% more quickly. VMware also noted that its telco cloud infrastructure has been deployed by Vodafone at more than 57 sites across Europe and 25 in its Africa, Asia and Oceania markets. This cloud-based infrastructure supports voice core, data core and service platforms on over 900 virtual network functions and almost 50% of Vodafone’s core network nodes providing voice and data services now run on VMware’s NVI platform, vCloud NFV.
Commenting, Vodafone Group’s chief technology officer Johan Wibergh said: ‘Vodafone wants to be the industry’s leading digital telco and we are pleased with the progress made to introduce modern cloud-based technology and automation. 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%.’