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Vodafone Idea to Deploy Ericsson’s ‘Cloud Packet Core’

Data consumption in India is growing rapidly and users are looking for new, richer experiences every day. We are confident that Ericsson's vEPC solution will be enable us to meet our strategic goals

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Swedish technology major Ericsson on Friday said telecom major Vodafone Idea will deploy its “Cloud Packet Core” to enhance its existing core network.

“As part of this deal, Vodafone Idea would benefit from Ericsson’s market leading core network applications and network functions such as Ericsson virtual Evolved Packet Gateway (vEPG), Service Aware Policy Controller (vSAPC) and Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVi) solution enabling fast introduction of new services and providing full service continuity,” Ericsson said in a statement.

Vodafone Idea is partnering with the global vendors and equipment suppliers like Ericsson to deploy new age technologies with built-in customisations and novel innovations to deliver rich customer experience while building a robust, future-fit network, it said.

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Vishant Vora, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Idea, said: “Data consumption in India is growing rapidly and users are looking for new, richer experiences every day. We are confident that Ericsson’s vEPC solution will be enable us to meet our strategic goals.” (IANS)

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Phone Users Ready to Pay 20% Premium for 5G: Ericsson

The views of the participants are representative of almost one billion people, Ericsson said

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Smartphone users are willing to pay a 20 per cent premium for 5G services, while half of early adopters would pay as much as 32 per cent more, says an Ericsson study on Tuesday.

One in five smartphone users’ data usage could reach more than 200GB per month on a 5G device by 2025, said the Ericsson “ConsumerLab” report.

Average world smartphone data usage in 2018 stood at 5.6GB per month and is expected to increase to 21GB per month in 2024, an increase of roughly four times from today’s usage.

The research revealed that consumers expect 5G to provide relief from urban network congestion in the near term — especially in megacities, where six in 10 smartphone users report facing network issues in crowded areas.

The respondents also anticipate more home broadband choices to be available with the launch of 5G.

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Ericsson rolls out export of 5G-ready telecom equipment. Flickr

Smartphone users estimate that overall video viewing across mobile or portable screens while being out of home will increase by around three hours per week — from 6.5 to nine hours – in the next five years, of which one hour will be on Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR) glasses by 2025, the report said.

“Consumers clearly state that they think smartphones are unlikely to be the sole solution for 5G,” Jasmeet Singh Sethi, Head of ConsumerLab, Ericsson Research, said in a statement.

Globally, 50 per cent of consumers believe that smartphones will still exist but that perhaps everyone will be wearing AR glasses by 2025.

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This latest Ericsson ConsumerLab study is based on 35,000 interviews with smartphone users aged 15 to 69, carried out in 22 countries including India.

The views of the participants are representative of almost one billion people, Ericsson said. (IANS)