Bangladeshi cellco Banglalink and ZTE have signed an agreement to build what they claim will be the world’s largest virtual Subscriber Data Management (vSDM) platform. vSDM is aimed at managing Banglalink’s customer data more efficiently and increasing service availability. The upgraded network will simultaneously support 2G/3G/4G, VoWiFi/VoLTE and other services. The partners also say the virtualisation of network functions will ensure a faster network, with ‘seamless connectivity’ for users accessing multiple digital applications. Sanjay Vaghasia, CTO at Banglalink said: ‘Bangladeshi people are getting more data oriented in their daily lives, staying always connected is critical in today’s world. With the growing demand for being online, digitalisation is inevitable … Our partnership with ZTE will enable us to embrace not only the digital agenda but with virtualisation … help us escalate faster, and increase our reach to our end-customers whilst maintaining the highest standards of security.’ Banglalink’s parent group VEON (formerly VimpelCom) and ZTE earlier this month signed a global framework agreement on network function virtualisation infrastructure (NFVI) and virtual evolved packet core (vEPC).
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