Cisco on Monday announced that Vodafone India, one of India’s leading telecommunications service providers, will be deploying its end-to-end networking solutions to evolve to a complete Internet Protocol (IP)-based architecture in India.
Cisco solutions will provide Vodafone with a multiservice convergence platform to serve Vodafone’s residential, business and mobile customers with a single network infrastructure, thereby lowering its capital and operating costs. Vodafone will also be able to deliver newer data services at faster mobile broadband speeds to its customers, enhancing their experience.
Traditional networks cannot to scale up to address the flexibility required by new consumer entertainment and communications services, making it imperative for service providers to upgrade to a IP network infrastructure. As noted in the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2012-2017), there will be 2 billion networked devices in India by 2017, up from 1 billion in 2012, and mobile data traffic is expected to grow 60-fold from 2012 to 2017.
Cisco is analyzing and designing a state-of-the art architecture that is scalable, flexible and highly secure. In line with this, Cisco is providing Vodafone with its next-generation product and solutions designed and tested specifically for evolving markets that are going through a hyper data growth phase. Cisco’s Globalization Center East, in Bangalore, India played a role in the development of some of these products.
Vishant Vora, director - Technology, Vodafone India, said: “Vodafone has always been a pioneer when it comes to enabling customers to enjoy a superior connectivity experience. With the growing market dynamics and radical changes in consumer behavior, there is a need to anticipate market requirements and act now to stay competitive and provide best-in-class services to our customers. We are investing in technology and getting IP-fication of our backhaul networks done. It will further enhance our customers’ experience. We look forward to working with Cisco, as it has extensive hands-on experience in many markets and the most comprehensive portfolio of broadband solutions in the industry.”
Jeff White, senior vice president, Sales, India and SAARC, Cisco, said: “We are delighted that Vodafone has chosen Cisco on their journey to a complete IP-based network infrastructure. This win is testimony to our commitment to local innovation and our ability to address our customers’ unique requirements.”
Sanjay Rohatgi, managing director, Service Provider Sales, India and SAARC, Cisco, said: “IP is the key to providing highly secure, scalable, value-added services, and Cisco is well positioned to deliver IP broadband solutions over DSL, cable, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and other broadband architectures. This enables our service provider customers to accelerate deployments, manage network resources, deliver full-service offerings, enhance average revenue per user, and deliver rich experience to consumers.”
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