The new agreement covers operations and maintenance of its optical fibre network across east and west India, spanning a distance of approximately 45,000 kilometers, Vodafone said in a statement.
“We have selected Ericsson as a partner to manage our optical fiber cable network given Ericsson’s strength and experience in managing multi-vendor, multi-technology networks for operators globally and in India. This agreement will give Vodafone the benefit of Ericsson’s expertise in this area,” the statement quoted Vodafone’s chief technology officer Vishant Vora as saying.
Ericsson’s India region head Paolo Colella said that this “managed services agreement in India strengthens that partnership in a very important market and complements our collaborations in other parts of the world”.
“At Ericsson, we continue to invest in tools, methods and processes in order to help our customers increase their network efficiency while delivering world-class subscriber experiences,” he added.
Ericsson provides managed services for networks that together serve more than 1 billion subscribers worldwide. With the addition of Vodafone’s network, Ericsson will manage a total of 2,225,000 kilometers of fibre and strengthen its existing fibre operations in India.