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Virgin Media O2 & VMware to Complete 5G Launch in EU

The collaboration has underpinned the deployment of Virgin Media O2’s 5G network over the past 16 months.

Virgin Media O2 UK has chosen VMware to help modernize its network and enable the continued success of its 5G rollout.

Virgin Media O2 VMware 5GThe company will leverage VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure to rapidly design, build, test and implement virtualized network functions, boosting innovation across its network and the delivery of new services.

“As the rollout of 5G networks comes close to completion, service providers need to be able to modernize their network infrastructure quickly, simply, and economically. The best way to do this is through a single platform that can automate and streamline delivery of multi-vendor network functions,” said Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider & Edge, VMware. “Through its work with VMware, Virgin Media O2 can deploy a network infrastructure that enables the successful rollout of its 5G services without limitations, by harnessing the agility, flexibility, and consistency of a common platform.”

Chris Buggie, Director of Infrastructure & Cloud Engineering & Delivery, Virgin Media O2, said, “Virtualising and modernizing our network is essential if we are to cement our position as the leading telco provider across UK and EU and we are delighted to partner with VMware to achieve this. By utilizing a consistent, NFV- and cloud-native platform for onboarding and managing our workloads and network functions, we are able to reinvest into the network and our customers with a service we can be proud of.”

The collaboration has underpinned the deployment of Virgin Media O2’s 5G network over the past 16 months.

VMware’s Telco Cloud Infrastructure delivers a single horizontal platform enabling Virgin Media O2 to simplify, scale, and better protect its core cloud networks.

Operating a reliable, agile network that can be efficiently upgraded to maintain quality of coverage is fundamental to the success of Virgin Media O2’s 5G network – particularly in highly regulated and competitive markets.

Virgin Media O2 will also leverage VMware Tanzu for Telco’s Kubernetes cluster capabilities to build Containers as a Service (CaaS) proficiency.

This will support the next generation of containerized network functions and enable Virgin Media O2 to maintain and expand the network’s ability to support multi-vendor solutions.

Being able to onboard functions and interoperate between different vendors is essential in rapid deployment. VMware’s common platform enables Virgin Media O2 to add these incrementally.


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