Vodafone Australia has tasked Ericsson to build and manage the delivery of a network transformation project to prepare the mobile carrier for the next wave of content.
As part of the project, Vodafone said it aims to increase network agility, reduce opex and capex, deploy services faster, and improve customer experience.
The project to will be completed in partnership with Cisco and equipment from both vendors will be used in the network upgrade. It is the first major collaboration between Ericsson and Cisco on telco cloud infrastructure.
Vodafone said it will benefit from having the tools to become more agile, innovative and more pro-active in the way services are brought to market, ultimately resulting in improved customer engagement experience alongside reductions in operating and capital expenditure.
“Ericsson and Cisco are our existing providers of core and routing functions making them good partners to move into a virtualised environment,” Vodafone chief technology officer, Kevin Millroy, said. “This transformation allows us to introduce new applications to drive innovation and improve customer services and user experience.
“The new infrastructure opens the door to new business models and markets, such as Internet of Things for Vodafone – we are excited about the future prospects this partnership offers,” he said.
The joint architecture solution comprises of Ericsson’s hyperscale data centre system and software components such as its cloud execution environment, cloud manager, and cloud SDN controller.
These will be combined with Cisco’s WAN automation engine, network services orchestrator, virtualised network functions, and virtualised and physical security technologies, as well as services and support.
The deal builds on a 2014 agreement which saw Ericsson replace and upgrade Vodafone’s complete core network, including virtual EPC and virtual IMS/ Voice over LTE.
Ericsson and Cisco formed a global business and technology partnership in November 2015 which has resulted in 60 deployments worldwide.