India’s leading telecom player Vodafone Idea (Vi) announced its partnership with Cisco. This partnership intends to ease and automate its network to support 4G, as well as 5G network in the future. The collaboration will benefit Vi to offer a better-quality experience to its consumer- both in retail and enterprise customers in a ‘digital experiences’ future.

Vodafone Idea to partner with Cisco to develop a 5G-ready network
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Vi endeavours to spur some emerging and rising opportunities in 4G and 5G, cloud and IoT (Internet of Things) in a cost-efficient custom, by developing an exceptional and automated network structure.

Vi can extend a multitude of innovative new software applications and services such as voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) after joining Cisco Ultra Packet Core (CUPC) to its network architecture.

Vi can contact and join more people and devices through CUPC, which extends a more exceptional execution and function via automation and analytics.

In an official statement from Vi, Chief Technology Officer Jagbir Singh restated the company’s commitment to catering seamless connectivity and innovative new services to more people in this digital time.

Cisco Vice-President for EMEAR Adam MacHale stated that this is a notable step in India’s digital transformation journey as Vi is committed and bound to connect the digital divide that severs urban from rural areas. Further, he continued that this initiative will encourage Vi to take the position and acquire future opportunities in demanding industries such as healthcare and education.

On June 22, Vi announced a flattering offer of Rs 75 worth of voice and data benefits for low-income group users, including migrants. With a validity of 15 days, the advantages include 50 minutes of on-net calling (Vi to Vi calling) along with 50MB of data. After this, users can recharge with their chosen value recharge packs, Vi said.

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Adam MacHale, the Vice President of EMEAR Service Provider, Cisco said, “Vi is committed to delivering best-in-class services to its subscribers and bridging the digital divide that separates urban from rural areas. Success depends upon a highly resilient, secure and scalable network infrastructure that can meet any challenge or opportunity. This is a significant step forward in India’s transformation journey. It puts Vi in a strong position to take advantage of the future opportunities that 5G, cloud and IOT Services will bring, supporting critical industry sectors such as healthcare and education.”

Vi can expand a host of new software applications and services, together with voice-over-Wi-Fi, adding Cisco Ultra Packet Core to its network architecture. The Core grants more comprehensive performance and capacity for Vi’s network through automation and analytics, promoting Vi reach and connecting more people and devices faster, it added.