Vodafone India has deployed Nokia's cloud packet core, supported by Nokia CloudBand NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO) software, to meet the mobile data demands of 7.8 million subscribers in Bengaluru, the third most-populous city in India.
A cloud packet core is essential for service providers like Vodafone India to connect to a higher number and variety of devices and to deliver a wider range of services across different access technologies, said Ericsson.
Deployment of the Cloud Packet Core's Cloud Mobile Gateway (CMG) will allow Vodafone to launch a range of digital services for consumers and enterprise customers. The distributed architecture of the Cloud Packet Core supports Vodafone India's strategy to be a digital telecoms operator, enabling it to provide its customers with new and reliable services, while increasing accessibility, performance and security.
For example, by deploying the CMG closer to the edge, customer content can be downloaded locally, with reduced network latency enabling Vodafone India to deliver a better experience to its customers in Bengaluru, said Ericsson.
It is also Vodafone's endeavor to contribute positively to the environment. With introduction of this new cloud architecture, Vodafone India is also able to lower the power consumed to serve per customer significantly, thus reducing its carbon footprint.