Vodafone Idea partners with Ciena for 5 G network

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Vodafone Idea partners with Ciena for 5 G network

Vodafone Idea Limited Vi has partnered with US-based Ciena for 5 G solutions. The telco said it is revamping its backbone scalability and service resiliency with help from American telecommunications networking equipment company Ciena in order to prepare for the 5 G rollout.

Vi noted that as consumers, enterprises, and content players look to embrace smarter digital experiences in India, its new 300 G 400 G backbone network increases scale and performance in an energy and cost-efficient manner.

Jagbir Singh, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Idea Ltd., said that increasing and changing traffic patterns in India requires new levels of capacity, flexibility, resilience and programmability to thrive, because of the increasing demand for data. Vi has forged partnerships with several technology players, ecosystem players and Indian start-ups to develop a range of 5 G use cases relevant for Indian enterprises and consumers. "Today's competitive environment requires operators like Vi to operate a higher performing network with maximum agility at a lower cost per bit," said Ryan Perera, Vice President and General Manager, Ciena India. Vi's transformed network is ready for prime time, with the network playing an increasingly important role to support digital applications today. Vi has deployed Ciena's 6500 packet-optical platform powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme for high speed 300 G 400 G services, upgradable to 800 G. Vi delivers best-in-class connectivity in a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly manner to customers across India, according to the firm.

Vi is provided with an analytical insight into network performance, as well as Vi's Manage, Control and Plan MCP domain controller, which provides the company with valuable insights to improve its customers' digital experiences.

The board approved the conversion of the full amount of interest related to spectrum auction instalments and AGR dues into equity earlier this week, according to Vodafone Idea.

Following the conversion, the government will become the largest shareholder of the company with 35.8 per cent stake, and promoter shareholders would hold 28.5 per cent of Vodafone Group and around 17.8 per cent Aditya Birla Group respectively.

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