Vi, with Ciena, Revamps National Backbone Networks to Accelerate Next Wave of Digital Connectivity

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Vodafone Idea Limited, on Thursday, announced that it is revamping the backbone scalability and service resiliency by deploying industry-leading 5th generation coherent optical solutions from Ciena. Vi’s new 300G/400G backbone network boosts scalability and performance in energy and cost-efficient manner as consumers, businesses, and content providers want to adopt better digital experiences across India.

“Escalating demand for data requires a high-capacity and resilient network that can thrive not only today but for years to come. Preparing a future-fit network, through our partnership with Ciena, will enable Vi subscribers to experience worldclass highly available, scalable connectivity and realize the benefits of cloud, IoT, and 5G in future.” 

Jagbir Singh, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Idea Ltd

Vi has deployed Ciena’s 6500 packet-optical platform, which is powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme and capable of speeds of up to 800G, for high-speed 300G/400G services. The telecom service giant provides best-in-class connectivity to consumers across India in a cost-effective and ecologically sustainable manner, through its ability to tweak capacity for optimal agility while also decreasing energy usage.

As India’s traffic patterns change, new levels of capacity, flexibility, robustness, and programmability are required. It is expected that the increased fiber capacity and network efficiencies to prepare for 5G, through Ciena’s greater network coverage and quicker broadband. Vi also gets analytical insights from Ciena’s Manage, Control, and Plan (MCP) domain controller, which helps it optimize network performance and improve customer digital experience.

“Today’s competitive environment requires operators like Vi to operate a higher performing network with maximum agility at a lower cost per bit. With the network playing an increasingly important role to support digital applications today, Vi’s transformed network is ready for prime time.”

Ryan Perera, Vice President and General Manager, Ciena India

For the development of a range of 5G use cases relevant to Indian enterprises and consumers, Vi has formed collaborations with many technological leaders, ecosystem stakeholders, and Indian start-ups. Vi’s partnership with Ciena is in keeping with the service provider’s plan to construct a future-ready network for upcoming technologies like 5G in order to push India’s digital growth.

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