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VMware has announced the completion of its network virtual infrastructure (NVI) deployment across Europe through Vodafone.

This VMware’s cloud network infrastructure is deployed by Vodafone at more than 57 sites across Europe and 25 in its Africa, Asia and Oceania markets, expanding VMware’s NVI footprint to a total of 21 markets. With the completion of Albania deployment, Vodafone is said to have completely deployed the network architecture across its European markets.

“Vodafone wants to be the industry’s leading digital telco and we are pleased with the progress made to introduce modern cloud-based technology and automation. Working with VMware, we have improved the speed and efficiency with which we can support customers and estimate that the cost of our core network functions has been reduced by 50 percent,” said Johan Wibergh, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Group.

The cloud-based infrastructure is expected to help in providing critical connectivity and communications services during the COVID-19 crisis as it supports voice core, data core and service platforms on over 900 virtual network functions.

According to VMware, its cloud infrastructure helps to limit the amount of manual intervention required to operate and maintain Vodafone networks. Almost 50 percent of Vodafone’s core network nodes providing voice and data services run on VMware’s NVI platform, vCloud NFV.

“Leading service providers, like Vodafone, are adopting a telco cloud infrastructure to deliver next-generation applications and services,” said Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president and general manager, Telco and Edge Cloud, VMware.

“The successful engagement between our two companies is evident in the tremendous results Vodafone has captured since starting on their network transformation journey. We look forward to continuing to innovate together to unlock the transformational benefits of network modernization for Vodafone customers.”

Few days before this announcement, Vodafone reports as part of UK telecommunications companies who have been affected by the attacks and vandalisms on it employees and mobile masts due to the belief that 5G is responsible for spreading coronavirus.