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Vodafone Idea, IBM Sign $800m IT Deal

The new infrastructure platform would help remove constraints to the exponential growth of data usage driven by increasing consumption of video, streaming and digital commerce

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Vodafone to switch on 5G network in UK on July 3.

Information Technology major IBM on Friday announced a multi-million dollar deal with Vodafone Idea for engagement in the telecom, cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) segments.

According to sources, the deal is worth $800 million and as per the deal, Vodafone Idea has given IBM a five-year technology outsourcing contract, which will supplement its targeted Rs 8,400 crore annual operational cost savings by 2021. Vodafone Idea and IBM, however, did not mention the deal amount.

“IBM announced signing a multi-million-dollar five-year agreement with Vodafone Idea Limited to deliver an enhanced customer experience to millions of connected consumers and businesses in India. In addition, this engagement will also contribute to Vodafone Idea’s merger synergy objectives by reducing its IT related costs,” a statement by IBM said.

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The collaboration will provide Vodafone Idea with a hybrid cloud-based digital platform to enable more intimate engagement with its subscribers, enhancing business efficiency, agility and the scale along with simplification of its business processes, it said.

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The new infrastructure platform would help remove constraints to the exponential growth of data usage driven by increasing consumption of video, streaming and digital commerce. (IANS)

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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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