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Vodafone and Meta Join Forces to Optimize Europe’s Mobile Networks

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Vodafone and Meta have embarked on a strategic partnership aimed at alleviating network congestion and improving the mobile user experience across Europe. This collaboration, which commenced in June, has already been rolled out across eleven European markets.

Their combined efforts focus on optimizing network capacity for all mobile users, particularly enhancing the viewing experience of high-quality short videos. This initiative comes as mobile video consumption skyrockets, placing huge demands on existing network infrastructure.

A pilot test conducted in the UK in April 2024 revealed promising results. Over three weeks, significant reductions in network traffic for Meta applications on Vodafone’s network were observed. This optimization allowed Vodafone to reallocate network resources at its busiest 4G/5G sites, improving service for all customers in high-traffic areas like shopping centers and transport hubs.

Alberto Ripepi, Chief Network Officer at Vodafone, emphasized the importance of Meta’s role. “Meta’s willingness to optimize the delivery of video for its applications leads the way for a more efficient use of existing network resources. Vodafone and Meta have implemented these optimizations across Vodafone’s European markets and intend to continue collaborating to foster additional efficiencies.”

This partnership doesn’t stop with these two tech giants. Both Vodafone and Meta are open to working with other players in the ecosystem to improve the efficient use of network resources further. This collaborative effort aims to support the growth of new digital services, keep critical applications free of congestion, and contribute to energy savings.

Gaya Nagarajan, VP of Network Engineering at Meta, highlighted the strategic importance of the partnership: “Our relationship with Vodafone is a long-term partnership, and collaboration on video optimization is an opportunity to drive innovation and shape the future of the internet. We are committed to continuing our collaboration with innovative partners like Vodafone, device manufacturers, equipment vendors, and the wider digital ecosystem to push the boundaries of video optimization.”

This cooperation marks a critical step towards addressing the ever-growing demands on mobile networks. As video content continues to dominate internet traffic, such alliances will be vital for ensuring smooth, high-quality user experiences while managing network resources efficiently.

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