Vodafone links up with VMware on standalone 5G

Vodafone has selected VMware as its strategic technology partner to deliver a single platform to automate and orchestrate all workloads running on its core networks across Europe, starting with 5G standalone (5G SA).

Vodafone previously announced its selection of VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure as its Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) platform. Vodafone is now expanding its partnership with VMware to deploy the full VMware Telco Cloud Platform in all European markets.

In addition to using Telco Cloud Infrastructure for NFV, Vodafone will now use VMware Tanzu for Telco and VMware Telco Cloud Automation to orchestrate all network functions and services, regardless of vendor, to run its core networks.

Johan Wibergh, chief technology officer, Vodafone, said, “We’ve made great strides in modernising and virtualising our core network. Now we must turn our attention to layering in automation, software engineering and cloud-native principles to simplify operations and accelerate how quickly we can deploy new applications. VMware Telco Cloud Platform will help us achieve these goals and reach our Tech 2025 targets faster.”

Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, service provider and edge, VMware, added, “As service providers modernise their networks to transition to 5G, they require a single platform to automate and streamline delivery of multi-vendor network functions across network core, RAN and edge. VMware Telco Cloud Platform provides this unifying platform to simplify operations, accelerate automation and increase feature velocity across all parts of the network.”

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