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Affirmed Networks Named Finalist in 5G World Awards

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Affirmed Networks is pleased to announce that it has been named a Finalist in the 5G product awards at the upcoming 5G World Event.  Taking place in London from June 12-14, 5G World 2018 is themed “Define the Network; Connect the Future” and will attract participants from across the industry to discuss, compare and share the latest 5G-related developments from the across the network and software ecosystem.

An exciting portion of this year’s conference agenda, the 5G World Awards will be announced on June 12, 2018.  The 2018 Awards are divided into seven specific categories; the winners of which will be determined by an esteemed group of judges.

Affirmed Networks has been named a Finalist in the category of “Best 5G Core Network Technology” and is honored to be listed among other deserving candidates.

Affirmed Networks Named Finalists in 5G World Awards

Affirmed Networks continues to lead the industry’s evolution toward 5G.  In February 2018, Affirmed Networks introduced the industry’s first 5G Mobile Core which is currently in trials with Tier One operators in North America and the Middle East.  With more than 80 customers across the world, Affirmed Networks’ is delivering the industry’s most widely-deployed NFV solution

Affirmed has continued to innovate, adding advances in network slicing, automation, and analytics to its portfolio.  These innovations are the result of a focus on customer needs, a world-class development organization and a rich ecosystem of technology partners.

Once again, we are honored to receive the recognition and consideration and would like to thank the judges for their consideration.  We would also like to congratulate the other award Finalists on the many contributions they are making to the industry.

We look forward to seeing you in London.





Affirmed Joins Leaders from Across the Network Ecosystem to Discuss the Ongoing Network Transformation Occurring Across the Middle East

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Joining leading network operators and technology providers in Dubai, Affirmed Networks participated in the Cloud, Network Virtualisation and Automation MENA event.  This two-day event featured a rich agenda of industry leaders from across the ecosystem as part of a discussion on the benefits, deployment challenges and use cases of network virtualisation and cloud computing, focusing on key areas such as NFV, SDN, network automation and orchestration, cloud and data optimization.

As part of our participation in the event, Affirmed Networks’ VP of Technology and Chief Architect, Ron Parker, joined customers such as du and Etisalat and partners (Intel) on two panels focused on 5G, Cloud and Virtualisation across the Middle East.

Affirmed Networks also provided attendees with demonstrations of key areas of functionality from the company’s industry-leading 5G Webscale Mobile Core Solution in the areas of service automation, network slicing and Cloud Native VNF lifecycle management

Affirmed Networks’ Chairman and CEO Named Finalist for Light Reading Hall of Fame Award

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Affirmed Networks’ founder, Chairman and CEO, Hassan Ahmed, was named as a finalist as part of Light Reading’s 2018 Leading Lights Awards in the category of “Hall of Fame.”  Seeking to recognize individuals for their “remarkable contributions” to the telecommunications industry, the Light Reading Hall of Fame award will be awarded at the upcoming Big Communications Event (BCE) taking place in May in Austin, Texas.

The selection of Hassan as a candidate for this award, speaks to the credibility of the award and the types of individuals also being considered.  Throughout his career, Hassan has consistently demonstrated an ability to identify and capitalize on opportunities for market disruption.

A Stanford PhD in Electrical Engineering, Hassan has been either a CEO or a senior executive in three companies that achieved significant success disrupting incumbent providers and standard operating procedure.  He served as CTO of Cascade Communications, a pioneer in the ATM switching market, who’s equipment carried an estimated 70% of the world’s Internet traffic during the mid 90s.

In 1996, Hassan was part of the leadership team at Sonus Networks, a company focused on enabling the transformation of telephony to IP, which proved to be a disruptive force to the market.  Hassan served as Chairman and CEO of Sonus Networks for 10 years growing it from an idea into a publicly traded company with a peak market value of $15.4 billion.

In 2010, Hassan identified another opportunity for disrupting the way networks are built that resulted in his founding of Affirmed Networks.  One of the first companies to understand that traditional carrier cost structures were unsustainable, Affirmed Networks has led the transition away from costly, inflexible hardware-based networks to more agile, virtualized, software-based architectures. Affirmed has more than 78 customers, including some of the world’s largest networks such as AT&T, Vodafone, Etisalat, Telus, and many others.

Prior to starting Affirmed Networks, Hassan worked as a Senior Advisor at Charles River Ventures.  He is a guest lecturer at MIT, Hassan also serves on the board of many successful technology companies and is on the board of overseers at Boston’s Museum of Science.

We would like to thank Light Reading for their recognition of Hassan’s achievements and to also congratulate the other distinguished individuals being considered for this prestigious award.

Helping Turkcell Complete Its Strategic VNF Transformation Ahead of Schedule

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Affirmed Provides the Virtualized GiLAN Solution and Manages System Integration for Turkcell

As the system integrator for the network transformation initiative at Turkcell, a leading mobile network operator in Turkey, Affirmed is responsible for ensuring overall success by developing a cohesive strategy and onboarding virtual network functions (VNFs) from 3rd parties as well as our own. Our specialization in virtualized mobile networks made us the perfect choice to be both solution provider and system integrator for Turkcell. By creating a single, unified NFVi (Network Function Virtualization infrastructure) architecture, Turkcell can eliminate silos and align diverse functions and solutions. Affirmed Networks will oversee network day-to-day operations for the next five years.

Affirmed was also chosen to provide virtualized GiLAN solution to enable rapid delivery of new revenue generating services with optimized use of the NFVi.  The deployment was completed ahead of schedule, producing significant operational savings and enabling a rich set of features and capabilities, including proxy services, TCP optimization, security services, DPI, and video optimization.

Gediz Sezgin, Turkcell’s executive vice president – Network Technologies, cited Affirmed as “a strategic partner critical to the success of our transformation.” He praised Affirmed for providing needed expertise and innovation across many areas and credited us as the key to exceeding Turkcell’s schedule milestones and producing “significant savings.”

With over sixty deployments around the world, our expertise in virtualizing some of the world’s largest networks allows the Affirmed team to accelerate time-to-revenue for operators such as Turkcell. Operators want to create new services quickly, and automation, analytics, and slicing are key factors in designing, deploying and managing the next-generation of mobile networks. For operators like Turkcell, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is becoming mainstream to consolidate solutions running on multiple hardware architectures and align services on a common NFVi platform.

Check out our video (hosted by Light Reading’s Ray Le Maistre) of Turkcell’s Aykut Soner Demirkol and Angela Whiteford from Affirmed Networks discussing key considerations in mobile network transformations.

Affirmed Networks Named Finalist in Light Reading’s Leading Lights Award Program

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We are pleased to have been named as a finalist in this year’s “Leading Lights” awards program run by Light Reading, one of the industry’s most-respected sources of news and analysis.

By being among the finalists in the category “Most Innovative NFV Product Strategy”, Affirmed Networks is being recognized for the successful launch of its 5G Mobile Core solution. Introduced in February 2018, Affirmed’s 5G Mobile Core became the first-commercially deployed 5G solution with trials with Tier 1 operators in North America and the Middle East.

The Affirmed Networks’ 5G Mobile Core, built on a web-scale architecture enabling rapid creation of new services and unlimited scale, delivers unrivaled capabilities including:

  • Support for 5G New Radio (NR), the new global 5G radio standard that provides major performance, cost and efficiency improvements over previous wireless technologies
  • New industry benchmark for network performance delivering over 150 Gbps throughput on a single Intel ® Xeon ® server
  • A cloud native microservices architecture
  • Automated service provisioning across legacy, virtualized and multi-vendor environments with Affirmed Service Automation Platform (ASAP)
  • Fine grained network slicing with the Affirmed Virtual Slice Selection Function (vSSF)
  • Integrated virtual probes providing real time intelligence and service assurance with Affirmed Networks’ vProbe and Analytics solution
  • A distributed architecture (CUPS) to support high bandwidth low latency applications and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC)
  • Multi-access support – Cellular, WiFi, Fixed Line

The winners across all of the award categories will be revealed during the opening event of Light Reading’s Big Communications Event, Monday, May 14 at Brazos Hall in Austin, Texas.

We are incredibly honored to be recognized for the hard work of our entire team as we continue to help our global customers stay competitive in the explosive mobile data market, while also preparing for the arrival of 5G. We would like to congratulate the other finalists in our category for the impressive contributions they are making for the good of our industry.

See y’all in Texas!