As mobile devices become more capable, these new capabilities, such as social media and video streaming, place greater demands on network capacity. Analysts currently expect the amount of traffic in mobile networks to double every two years. How can mobile network operators meet this rising demand for mobile data in a world where subscriber revenue is flat or declining? Through Affirmed Networks' Mobile Content Cloud.
The Mobile Content Cloud (MCC) represents the next generation of mobile networks: extremely scalable, remarkably flexible, and completely virtual. The MCC combines all of the functionality required for an “Any G” (2G/3G/4G) Packet Core network—session and mobility management (GGSN, SGSN, MME, SGW, PGW), policy and charging control, content and video optimization, WiFi connectivity, and more—with advanced features such as service chaining, deep packet inspection, heuristics (for service awareness), and real-time analytics.
Affirmed’s virtualized Mobile Core solutions supports commercially-available virtualization hypervisors (e.g., VMware, Linux KVM) and is designed to be deployed on common-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware that enables mobile operators to quickly and cost-effectively increase the speed and performance of their network. The MCC is fully compliant with the ETSI NFV architecture.
Virtualization and Cloud technologies have revolutionized the way that enterprises view their networks. Now mobile operators can join the revolution with Affirmed’s Solution. The MCC is the only virtualized Mobile Core solution to support Dynamic Capacity Scaling. Operators can configure KPIs (number of sessions or subscribers, CPU Load, throughput) in the system that will trigger the SGSN/MME or GGSSN/S-GW/P-GW/VAS VNFs to add or remove Virtual Machines automatically in the operator’s data-center. Need to meet higher signaling capacity for machine-to-machine communications? Or increase your bandwidth capacity to handle more demand for mobile video? The MCC lets you grow your network when you need it, where you need it, for real-time responsiveness to a mobile world in motion.
Affirmed’s MCC solution is a 3GPP-compliant platform that delivers exceptional performance for large-scale (and smaller) networks. The MCC solution features sophisticated load balancing software and dynamic policy control to ensure that mobile networks meet the highest performance demands even under peak workloads.
The MCC solution integrates seamlessly with operations, administration, and management (OA&M) layer to provide unified visibility and control across the entire networks. The Affirmed Acuitas Element Management System allows for simplified, centralized provisioning and management of EPC functions and services for greater agility and flexibility. The Affirmed VNF Manager allows the operator to create, provisions, and instantiate a virtualized Mobile Core.