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Ericsson and Cisco are working together to transform and virtualise Vodafone Hutchison Australia's (VHA) networks which VHA says will better prepare the company for new emerging services and to evolve its core network to increase the level of agility and programmability from network slicing.

The deal represents the first major collaboration between Ericsson and Cisco on telecom cloud infrastructure.

Kevin Millroy, chief technology officer, VHA, says that through simplification of its network and infrastructure, VHA will benefit from having the tools to become “more agile, innovative and more pro-active in the way services are brought to market”, ultimately resulting in improved customer engagement experience alongside reductions in opex and capex.

“Ericsson and Cisco are our existing providers of core and routing functions making them good partners to move into a virtualised environment,” Millroy says.

“This transformation allows us to introduce new applications to drive innovation and improve customer services and user experience. The new infrastructure opens the door to new business models and markets, such as Internet of Things for Vodafone – we are excited about the future prospects this partnership offers.”

The joint architecture solution comprises Ericsson’s Hyperscale Datacentre System and software components such as Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment, Cloud Manager, Cloud SDN controller together with Cisco WAN Automation Engine, Network Services Orchestrator (NSO), IP Network VNFs including IOS XR 9000v and Cloud Services Router 1000v, and both virtualised and physical security technologies such as the Adaptive Security Appliance and Cisco Firepower security gateway, along with services and support.

Millroy says the architecture solution builds on VHA’s selection, in 2014, of Ericsson to replace and upgrade VHA’s complete core network, including virtual EPC and virtual IMS/ Voice over LTE.

Rima Qureshi, head of Region North America and responsible for the strategic partnership with Cisco at Ericsson, says: “This major transformation deal clearly demonstrates Ericsson’s global end-to-end transformation and operations capabilities as a trusted transformation partner”.

“As the first collaboration between Ericsson and Cisco on Telecom Cloud infrastructure, it also shows how our global partnership is speeding digital transformation for customers across industries.

“As the prime integrator, Ericsson is taking responsibility for integration of the Ericsson and Cisco, not only building the infrastructure, but ensuring the delivery of an end-to-end operational system.”

Yvette Kanouff, senior vice-president and general manager, service provider business, Cisco, says Cisco and Ericsson have been working with key strategic accounts around the globe to validate a telecom cloud infrastructure.

“This broad and significant engagement with VHA demonstrates how our two companies are utilising our complementary assets to deliver technical and commercial innovation and systems integration leadership to the benefit of our customers.”

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