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Vodafone Idea teams up with Cisco to build 5G-ready network

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Move slated to bridge rural-urban digital divide and ease Vi forays in healthcare, education.

Vodafone Idea teams up with Cisco to build 5G-ready network
Telecom player Vodafone Idea (Vi) announced a partnership with Cisco to simplify and automate its network to support 4G, as well as 5G in the future.
The collaboration will help Vi offer a better-quality experience to its consumer -- both retail and enterprise customers -- in a ‘digital experiences’ world.
By building an intelligent and automated network architecture, Vi seeks to drive emerging opportunities in 4G and 5G, cloud and IoT (Internet of Things) in a cost-efficient manner.
After adding Cisco Ultra Packet Core (CUPC) to its network architecture, Vi can deploy a host of innovative new software applications and services such as voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWiFi).
Vi can reach and connect more people and devices through CUPC, which offers greater performance and capacity via automation and analytics.
In an official statement from Vi, Chief Technology Officer Jagbir Singh reiterated the company’s commitment to providing seamless connectivity and innovative new services to more people in the digital era.
Cisco Vice-President for EMEAR Adam MacHale said this is a significant step in India’s digital transformation journey as Vi is committed to bridging the digital divide that separates urban from rural areas. He added that this initiative will help Vi take advantage of future opportunities in critical industries such as healthcare and education.
Vi announced on June 22 a complimentary offer of Rs 75 worth of voice and data benefits for low-income group users, including migrants. With a validity of 15 days, the benefits include 50 minutes of on-net calling (Vi to Vi calling) along with 50MB of data. After this, users can recharge with their preferred value recharge packs, Vi said.