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Affirmed & Red Hat Power Turkcell’s Network Transformation: Deployment Represents one of the Largest Virtualized Networks in EMEA Region

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Today, Affirmed announced a significant deployment milestone with Turkcell that represents one of the largest virtualized network deployments in the EMEA region.  Supporting more than 35 million subscribers across Turkcell’s network, the deployment is currently supporting more than 1 Terabit per second of traffic (Tbps), with the capability to support as much as 1.8 Tbps as the deployment continues to scale to support customers in the region.

Just over a year ago, we were selected by Turkcell as a critical partner chartered with supporting the operator’s network transformation.  Since then, we have quickly moved from trial to deployment, putting in place a next-generation mobile architecture that will allow them to quickly realize cost savings and service agility.

Working together with our partner, Red Hat, we have helped Turkcell complete its “Unified Telco Cloud” platform which is powered by our vEPC solution running on the Red Hat OpenStack Platform, delivering a carrier-grade infrastructure framework for building hybrid clouds and delivering new services.  We are also providing Turkcell with our GiLAN solution and providing the operator with a wide variety of services including data optimization, CGN, DPI, and control plane services that include VoLTE, PCRF, and AAA.

Turkcell believes that this network has dramatically improved their ability to deliver new services more efficiently than ever before, reducing the time-to-market by as much as three months over their legacy approach.  They are also pleased to receive CapEx reductions, reducing the overall cost of their network, and improving their competitive advantage.

We are incredibly honored to have been selected by Turkcell, who continues to prove itself as one of the most innovative Communications Service Providers in the world.  The success of the deployment is the result of a true partnership between Turkcell, Red Hat and Affirmed who worked as one to ensure the operator’s strategic network transformation was a success.

To date, Affirmed Networks has more than 90 customers across five continents, including some of the world’s largest and most innovative operators.

More information related to this deployment is available below:

Turkcell and Affirmed Networks Successfully Deploy the Largest Commercial Virtualized Network in the EMEA Region

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Virtualized Mobile Network Infrastructure Supports More than 35 Million Mobile Subscribers Capable of Supporting up to 1.8 Terabits of Traffic
Deployment Provides Turkcell with Industry-Leading Time-to-Market for New Service Introduction and Significant CapEx Savings

ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, February 6, 2019 – Affirmed Networks, the leader in virtualized mobile networks, today announced with Turkcell that they have jointly deployed one of the largest virtualized mobile networks in the EMEA region. The network currently supports more than 35 million mobile broadband subscribers and carries over a terabit per second (Tbps) of customer traffic across the region.

In February 2018, Affirmed Networks announced they had been selected by Turkcell as a partner providing virtualized network infrastructure for the operator’s network transformation initiative designed to streamline costs and drive revenue growth. A key goal of Turkcell’s network transformation initiative was to embrace a next-generation mobile architecture and to quickly begin experiencing the cost savings and service agility that accompany the deployment of a virtualized network.

Supporting this strategic initiative, Affirmed Networks provided the operator’s virtualized GiLAN solution as well as Turkcell’s complete “Unified Telco Cloud” platform over the past year. Turkcell’s centralized cloud utilizes Red Hat OpenStack Platform, the carrier-grade distribution of the open source, massively-scalable infrastructure framework for building hybrid clouds, and supported by Red Hat Ceph Storage. Additionally, Affirmed Networks also provides Turkcell’s Data Optimization solution, which represents one of their largest NFV deployments. Today, the Turkcell network provides a wide variety of services including data optimization, CGN, DPI and control plane services that include VoLTE, PCRF and AAA.

Working together, Affirmed Networks and Turkcell have successfully delivered on the goals for the initiative, resulting in one of the most extensive live, commercial virtualized mobile networks in the EMEA region. It provides Turkcell with several transformative business benefits that have helped the operator drive its leadership position in the industry. Specifically, these benefits include an accelerated ability to deliver new services to market, and significant CapEx reductions required to build and operate Turkcell’s next-generation network infrastructure.

According to Gediz Sezgin, Turkcell’s CTO: “We initially selected Affirmed Networks based on their innovation in the area of network transformation and virtualization and their work with some of the world’s largest operators. Our decision has been reinforced many times throughout the deployment, as we were continually impressed by the speed in which we were able to move from testing to roll-out; a process that took as little as four months for us to virtualize the critical services required for the success of the project.”

Turkcell believes that their ability to deliver new services is the result of having a production-ready network that allows them to quickly move services to production more efficiently than ever before. This has resulted in a reduction of at least three months for delivering new services compared to the experience in their legacy network.

Realized capex savings also significantly enhance Turkcell’s ability to compete in the market. By eliminating their legacy capital-intensive hardware network infrastructure, the company has been able to significantly reduce the cost of their network, providing both flexibility and competitive advantage.

As a result, Turkcell’s virtualized network reduces both overall cost and time-to-market, greatly enhancing the ability to deploy new services, such as IMS, much sooner.

“Turkcell has achieved an industry leading milestone and we are honored to have been their trusted partner through each stage of this impressive transformation,” said Hassan Ahmed, Chairman and CEO, Affirmed Networks. “Many factors were key to the success of this initiative. Turkcell began with a powerful vision and clear objectives for the virtualization of their mobile network. We combined our accomplished teams with key learnings and best practices from deployments we have completed with other top operators globally to implement this network quickly.”

As part of the ongoing strategic partnership between the two companies, Affirmed Networks will continue to support Turkcell, helping to oversee the day-to-day operations of the network for the next three to five years.

Affirmed Networks has more than 90 customers across five continents, including some of the world’s largest and most innovative operators.

 


 

About Turkcell
Turkcell is a digital operator headquartered in Turkey, serving its customers with its unique portfolio of digital services along with voice, messaging, data and IPTV services on its mobile and fixed networks. Turkcell Group companies operate in Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Northern Cyprus, Germany. Turkcell launched LTE services in its home country on April 1st, 2016, employing LTE-Advanced and 3 carrier aggregation technologies in 81 cities. In 2G and 3G, Turkcell’s population coverage in Turkey is at 99.61% and 97.94%, respectively, as of December, 2017. Turkcell offers up to 1 Gbps fiber internet speed with its FTTH services. Turkcell Group reported TRY17.6 billion revenue in FY17 with total assets of TRY34.0 billion as of December 31, 2017. It has been listed on the NYSE and the BIST since July 2000, and is the only NYSE-listed company in Turkey. Read more at www.turkcell.com.tr.

About Affirmed Networks, Inc.
Affirmed Networks has achieved significant attention as its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solution has become the standard for the world’s top mobile operators. Currently, the company has been deployed commercially, including in Tier 1 and Tier 2 mobile networks, and is engaged in many trials worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.affirmednetworks.com.

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Affirmed Networks Named Finalist for “Best Mobile Network Infrastructure” as Part of GLOMO Awards at MWC 2019

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Affirmed Networks is pleased to announce they have again been selected as a Finalist for the 2019 Global Mobile Awards 2019 (GLOMO Awards), as part of the official show program at MWC 2019 taking place in Barcelona, February 25-28, 2019.  Marking the third time that Affirmed Networks has been nominated as a finalist in these prestigious awards, the company is once again recognized for its virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) solution that is deployed in the networks of some of the world’s largest telecom operators.

Affirmed Networks is competing in the category “Best Mobile Network Infrastructure,” which is focused on “the importance of the fundamental elements of the mobile network,” and looks for entries that “demonstrate substantial reductions to the life cycle costs of operating a network.”

Affirmed’s webscale mobile core helps Mobile Network Operators move from inflexible, legacy, hardware-based solutions to a highly automated, agile, software-based solution running on Commercial-off-the-Shelf servers that reduces overall total cost of ownership by as much as 75%.  The industry’s most widely-deployed mobile core(vEPC), Affirmed Networks’ webscale mobile core is currently in the networks of more than 95 CSPs globally, including Tier One operators in each major geography.

The awards are judged by independent experts, analysts, journalists, academics, and, in some cases, mobile operator representatives.  Winners of the awards will be presented throughout MWC19.

“The GLOMOs provide a world stage on which to celebrate the most inspirational and innovative developments across our industry, recognising the companies and individuals leading the way in everything from 5G, to emerging markets, to intelligent connectivity,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “The awards attract a significant level of high-quality entries, so being nominated today is a great achievement. We wish everyone the very best of luck and we look forward to some exciting announcements at MWC19 Barcelona.”

From the entire team at Affirmed Networks we are honored to be named as a Finalist for this important industry award.  Our continued success would not be possible without the support of our customers, and our dedicated and talented team that is focused on helping operators transform their networks as they prepare for 5G.  We would like to congratulate all the other worthy entries and finalists for their role in helping our industry progress to a new era of growth and profitability.

Affirmed Networks’ 5G EPC Receives Top Ratings by GlobalData

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We are pleased to announce that, in a research report released this week by analyst firm GlobalData, Affirmed Networks’ 5G vEPC received an overall rating of “very strong.”  Authored by lead analyst, Glen Hunt, the report evaluated Affirmed Networks’ capabilities and offerings across several categories, including: Technology, Go-to-Market, Market Momentum, and Service and Support.

The research effort, which evaluated several market participants independently, lauded Affirmed Networks’ solutions and capabilities across several areas.  Specifically, their recognition praised Affirmed Networks’ market traction with Tier One operators, its cloud-native architecture, which has delivered industry’s leading performance, and the integrated Gi-LAN services and virtual probe capabilities that are part of the solution. The report also cited Affirmed Networks’ continual innovation, specifically in the areas of automation and network slicing that allow operators to address challenges and embrace new service opportunities. The report also acknowledged Affirmed’s “network as a service” model that effectively eliminates “large investments in infrastructure.”

Of the many areas of positive analysis, the report gave Affirmed Networks credit for making “significant inroads with multiple mobile operators, both large and small” and for its innovation that allows the company to deliver the “performance, operational efficiency, and agile mobile core services.”

We are honored to be analyzed so favorably by GlobalData and look forward to extending upon all of our areas of strength in the new year as we continue to help mobile network operators to transform their networks in preparation for 5G.