Vodafone turns to Google Cloud for AI analytics platform

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The two are to create Vodafone Neuron, a real-time data analytics platform to pull data from more than 600 servers in 11 countries into a single repository.

The operator says this will allow enable it to benefit from more detailed insights faster, which will help it to optimise its networks and customer service.

Once in place, the plan is that Neuron will support more informed decisions and enable greater levels of automation to raise service levels, reduce costs and boost revenues.

Vodafone’s current data platform runs on Hadoop architecture. Google tools have been moved onto the platform in preparation for the mass migration of data.

Partnership in-flight

Separately, Vodafone Business announced a seven-year global partnership with Ryanair. The partners plan to transform the airline’s infrastructure using technologies including cloud, unified communications, SD-WAN, IoT, and cybersecurity.

Vodafone Business will support more than 300 Ryanair sites in 40 countries, covering 153 million passengers, and will touch the customer journey from online booking, to boarding, in-flight transactions, training centres, offices and data centres.

Ryanair has 20,000 IoT connections and will be able to add a new site within 10 days as part of the arrangement.

Finally, Vodafone UK has extended its agreement with reseller Olive Communications for 5G, IoT and landline services.