Affirmed Wins Award for “Best Next-Gen Wi-Fi Network Infrastructure”
We are pleased to share that last night, at the Wireless Broadband Alliance’s (WBA) “Industry Awards 2016” event in San Jose, Calif., Affirmed Networks received top recognition for our continued commitment to innovation. Honored along with other industry leaders such as AT&T, Telstra, Boingo and Ruckess Wireless, Affirmed Networks won the award in the “Best Next-Gen Wi-Fi Network Infrastructure” category for our virtualized Wi-Fi Gateway solution.
The WBA, through its membership and industry involvement, is an organization with its finger on the pulse of the needs of fixed and mobile operators worldwide. Founded in 2003, the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is a champion of the development of a converged wireless broadband ecosystem and has a membership that includes fixed operators such as BT, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, as well as seven of the top 10 mobile operator groups (by revenue) worldwide.
“Our awards are a celebration of all that is great in our industry, encapsulating the passion, innovation, technical and business expertise that has shaped and helped to grow our ecosystem over the past 12 months” said Shrikant Shenwai, CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance.
The WBA recognized Affirmed Networks’ virtualized Wi-Fi Gateway for its innovation and its flexibility. Introduced to the market just a little more than a year ago (Oct. 2016), our Wi-Fi Gateway is a fully-virtualized, ETSI-compliant solution built on top of our market-leading Mobile Content Cloud architecture that has more than 40 customers globally. Our Wi-Fi Gateway is deployed in operator networks as either a Trusted WLAN Access Gateway/Proxy (TWAG/TWAP) for accessing trusted Wi-Fi networks, or as an evolved Packet Data Gateway (ePDG) for securely accessing untrusted Wi-Fi networks.
Adding Wi-Fi services to an operator’s mobile mix allows them to:
- Extend their wireless network coverage into “difficult” areas to improve overall subscriber experience
- Provide an inexpensive backhaul solution to offload the growing amount of video and data traffic on the cellular network
- Deliver new services such as Wi-Fi calling and location based services
Affirmed Networks NFV based Wi-Fi solution offers a more attractive approach to Wi-Fi services, both in terms of cost containment and the rapid enablement of new services.
Affirmed maintains a commitment to innovation that is focused on solving the needs of our customers as they evolve toward next generation architectures. The introduction of our virtualized Wi-Fi gateway is a proof point of that vision.
While seeing it successfully deployed in the networks of our customers is rewarding in and of itself, it is a very distinct honor for the product to be recognized by the WBA. We would like to thank them for this award and for their support of the wireless industry. We would also like to congratulate all the finalists and winners of this year’s awards, as collectively their innovation represents the life blood of our industry’s success in the years ahead.
Thank you from all of us at Affirmed Networks.