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Vodafone Group Agrees to Enterprise Licensing Agreement with VMware

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VMware will Deliver a Common Multi-Vendor and Multi-Domain NFV Platform that will Enable Faster Service Innovation at Lower Costs

VMworld® 2017 Europe – Vodafone Group has agreed to a software licensing agreement with VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) that will enable it to access a range of the technology vendor’s products. As part of that agreement, VMware will be one of the vendors to support the operator’s global roll out of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to accelerate its delivery of future products and services in a rapid, cost-efficient manner.

Software-defined virtualized platforms and services are an important part of the plans for service providers as they evolve their mobile networks towards the introduction of 5G in around 2020.

Vodafone will deploy VMware vCloud® NFV™ as part of its group-wide transformation program utilizing NFV and software defined networking technologies across applications and networks. Vodafone will also receive Carrier-Grade Support, a new VMware offering to support the implementation of new software.

Vodafone Group is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone Grouphas mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 49 more, and fixed broadband operations in 19 markets.

“Virtualized, cloud-native network functions are a critical element of our Group-wide program as we continue to transform how we build, operate and evolve our networks and services,” said Fran Heeran, Vodafone Group’s Head of Network Virtualisation. “Reducing the time and cost to deploy and operate services, utilizing automation and convergence in standardized cloud environments for our network and IT businesses is a critical part of our technology and operational transformation strategy.”

VMware vCloud NFV will provide Vodafone with an ETSI-compliant, modular, multi-tenant NFV platform that supports choice in virtual infrastructure managers (VMware and OpenStack). The vCloud NFV platform combines a highly available, carrier-grade NFV infrastructure with Day 2 operations management and service assurance capabilities. Customers such as Vodafone are able to roll out multiple applications on a common NFV infrastructure, rather than building new platforms for each innovative service. The VMware-based virtualized infrastructure including VMware vSphere® and VMware NSX™ will also provide a common architecture spanning network and IT operations, further improving operational efficiencies and overall economics. Vodafone will have the flexibility to choose from a number of certified VMware Ready™ for NFV virtual network functions, providing confidence in pre-tested and pre-certified solutions that can reduce deployment risk.

“Vodafone’s selection of VMware to support network transformation highlights how we are a proven, strategic software innovator that can help communications service providers successfully deliver new services faster while driving down costs,” said Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president and general manager, Telco Group at VMware. “Our vCloud NFV platform is an agile and flexible virtualized infrastructure platform. Combined with Carrier-Grade Support, this will provide Vodafone with an open platform for new service development today, with an architecture that will support 5G deployments in the future.”

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VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers realize possibilities by accelerating their digital transformation journeys. With VMware solutions, organizations are improving business agility by modernizing data centers and integrating public clouds, driving innovation with modern apps, creating exceptional experiences by empowering the digital workspace, and safeguarding customer trust by transforming security. With 2016 revenue of $7.09 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide.

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