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At Mobile World Congress 2018, Affirmed Focuses on What’s Happening Now

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At Mobile World Congress 2018, you’ll hear 5G is the future. For Affirmed, the future is now. This year, Affirmed Networks is showcasing the industry’s first 5G, web-scale mobile core solution that’s field proven and available for deployment now.

Affirmed is proud to be participating again this year at GSMA’s 2018 Mobile World Congress. Affirmed will be in Hall 2, booth #2D50 throughout the event, lasting from February 26 to March 1, 2018.

At booth #2D50, you can expect to see demonstrations that will include Cloud Native, 5G, Control and User Plane Services, Network Slicing, Service Automation, and Virtual Probe and Analytics.

Schedule a meeting with Affirmed Networks and see firsthand, what is happening in the mobile industry now.

Accelerating the 5G Revolution

5G is changing the way communications service providers build their networks, which need to be more flexible, more scalable, more intelligent, and less expensive to operate. As the leader in virtualized mobile networks, Affirmed leads the way in accelerating network transformation to a next-generation virtualized architecture.

The Affirmed Networks’ 5G Mobile Core provides operators the opportunity to offer unique and highly customized service and optimize service delivery to their customers.

At booth #2D50, we will showcase our fully virtualized, cloud-native mobile network platform. Much more than a working concept, we’re showing a complete, proven solution that’s already hard at work in the world’s leading mobile networks: AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, Digicel, and many more. You won’t want to miss it.

Affirmed will also have a presence with many of our technology partners, including VMware, HPE, Tech Mahindra, RedHat, Coriant, and Juniper Networks.

Do 5G Business Cases Depend More on Core or Edge Upgrades?

How can 5G technologies influence the timing and roadmaps of mobile operators globally? On Thursday, March 1st Angela Singhal Whiteford, Affirmed’s Vice President of Marketing and Product Management, will debate the business cases to be built around 5G technologies, and how that can influence the timings and technology roadmap of operators globally.

Whiteford will speak alongside industry experts including Dr. QiBi, President of China Telecom, Hayim Porat, CTO of ECI Telecom, Tommy Bjorkberg, CTO of ZTE, Balazs Bertenyi, Chairman of 3GPP, Alan Carlton, MD & VP for Europe at Interdigital, and Durga Malladi, SVP of Engineering at Qualcomm. Learn more about the debate here.

Schedule a Meeting with Affirmed at Mobile World Congress 2018

At Mobile World Congress 2018, we’ll share a fascinating look at the reality of ‘now’ in the mobile industry.

Want to make 5G a reality now? Meet with us at MWC ’18 at booth #2D50 in Hall 2. Schedule meeting.

Affirmed-Juniper TIA NOW Video Highlights Opportunities for Network Slicing

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Network slicing is one of the key enabling capabilities for building flexible networks on top of a common physical infrastructure. In a recent TIA NOW video, Chris Bachalo, Director of Service Provider Cloud Solutions at Juniper Networks and Angela Whiteford, VP of Marketing and Product Management for Affirmed Networks joined forces to discuss how network slicing will become a fundamental technology enabling a wide range of use cases, and how service providers are taking some actions right now.

Here are some highlights:

Slicing drives service customization

Bachalo and Whiteford begin by pointing out that, as 5G continues to take shape, the business cases for cost-effectively implementing multiple logical networks (slices) over the same common physical infrastructure are becoming clearer. Slices can be allocated to specific uses like IoT, mobile virtual network operators (MVNO), gold/silver/bronze classes of service, individual customers or operators, or even specific network domains, such as wireless, wireline, consumer and business.

Operators see a massive growth in data traffic across their networks and would like to micro-segment that traffic and charge differently for each segment according to cost factors and other segment considerations. Micro-segmentation is a big capability that network slicing enables.

Is network slicing viable in a pre-5G world?

It’s obvious to operators that services customized for specific requirements (e.g. per industry) can drive significant top-line revenue growth. But what’s the practical timeline for implementing network slicing? The industry is fast evolving to the 5th generation wireless technology standard, but evolution takes time (Verizon has announced it will launch 5G service in several cities during 2018). In the meantime, what can network slicing do in a world that hasn’t fully transitioned to 5G technology?

Operators are implementing network slicing on 4G networks now through APNs, but have found the configuration process cumbersome, requiring touching multiple networks to set up new “slices.” So far, slicing has been rudimentary, largely because of challenges in organizational coordination. 5G technology will cut through that, but even today there are new slicing functions coming out that create a centralized location where slicing policies can be created without touching many different organizational elements. This makes slicing more practical in current non-5G network environments.

Automation and analytics are making slicing worth implementing today

Virtualization has begun to allow service providers to spin up logical networks quickly and easily, basing services and functions anywhere in the network and dynamically allocating functions where they are needed. For instance, new tools are emerging that will let today’s centralized functions evolve into future services that distribute low-latency apps closer to end users.

When adapting today’s network to changing needs, virtual probes and analytics are important. Real-time metrics can be gathered for a given slice to establish a baseline understanding of how it is performing and proactive at anticipating problems. Knowing what users are doing can drive the creation of new profitable, new service offerings. Automation tools are emerging to stitch services together in order to detect issues and opportunities and take action efficiently, as well as handling the growing number of functions made possible by slicing.

To learn more, view the full video.

Affirmed Networks Powers 2degrees’ Mobile Network

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New Zealand Operator Taps Affirmed and Metaswitch to Enable VoWiFi Services

New Zealand’s third largest mobile operator, 2degrees, is making it easier for customers to stay connected with the introduction of Wi-Fi calling. 2degrees’ mobile network covers 98.5% of places people live and work in New Zealand. As for any mobile provider, maintaining strong cellular coverage inside homes and office buildings can be problematic. But for a provider serving New Zealand, the country’s dramatic terrain creates additional coverage challenges as signals are weakened by the country’s rugged terrain.

2degrees is the latest mobile operator to recognize the value that cloud native technologies can play in enhancing the customer experience while increasing the efficiency of the network. Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) allows customers to call and message from their mobile phones using a Wi-Fi connection, even when they are outside a mobile coverage area.

The Affirmed Factor

Affirmed Networks’ virtualized ePDG (evolved Packet Data Gateway) is a crucial part of the cloud native communications software from Metaswitch, 2degrees’ partner in enabling the Wi-Fi Calling initiative. Metaswitch’s cloud native portfolio delivers immediate cost savings and operational simplicity to meet the opportunities presented by 5G and IoT applications. One of the biggest barriers to bringing Wi-Fi into the core network is the issue of scalability. Untrusted Wi-Fi networks require a high number of IPsec-encrypted sessions that can quickly test the limits of a physical gateway. Affirmed has solved this problem with a highly scalable, virtual ePDG solution that can increase the number of IPsec-encrypted sessions on demand without requiring additional hardware. This enables mobile operators to provide secure access to the network from untrusted non-3GPP IP access networks.

Affirmed Networks not only provides a foundational component for 2degrees’ next-generation Wi-Fi calling, but also helps deliver the benefits of virtual network functions (VNFs) that are inherently designed for cloud environments. Affirmed’s virtualized solution is the simplest path to mobile network transformation, allowing 2degrees to implement new applications more quickly.

Affirmed Networks and Turkcell Tackle the Network Transformation Process

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Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is becoming mainstream for operators who now have multiple millions of subscribers running on these networks. One example is Turkcell, an operator that chose Affirmed Networks to help them transition their network to a virtualized architecture. Turkcell had solutions running on several hardware architectures and wanted to align these services onto a common NFVi platform. The company chose Affirmed networks as the system integrator for the entire network transformation project.

Watch the video discussion about how Affirmed is working to transform Turkcell’s Network. The session, hosted by Light Reading’s Ray Le Maistre, features Aykut Soner Demirkol from Turkcell and Angela Whiteford for Affirmed.

Aykut points out that it is crucial to start the journey to NFVi as soon as possible. An investment in a common hardware platform enables a variety of important benefits, such as making switching from one software vendor to another quicker and less expensive.

When moving to a virtualized architecture, operators want to bring multiple best-of-breed vendors together to achieve maximum performance and resiliency. For Turkcell, Affirmed provides the system integration knowledge needed to manage various layers of integration with multiple vendors. Another factor is the organizational changes associated with network virtualization. Operators don’t want to wait—and shouldn’t have to wait—“until the organization is ready,” so Turkcell can take advantage of integration and managed services from Affirmed to follow a build-operate-transfer model that brings them up the maturity curve quickly while getting internal teams up to speed on the technology. Affirmed’s deep expertise pays dividends in many ways. For instance, determining the optimal architecture for telco applications is very different from enterprise or web applications, where the platform underneath can be the same. A packet core and a web service can’t really run on the same common infrastructure.

Turkcell’s unified NFVi Platform is now in the deployment stage. Angela Whiteford of Affirmed Networks says that, with over sixty existing deployments around the world, Affirmed finds many operators are looking at how to create new services quickly. Automation, analytics, and slicing are three core concepts, with analytics providing an understanding of how new services are functioning.

Affirmed, Intel, and WBA Discuss Virtualized Wi-Fi Access for Wi-Fi Calling / VoWiFi

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On November 7 Affirmed will team up with Intel and the Wireless Broadband Alliance to conduct an in-depth webinar on Economic Advantages of Virtualized Wi-Fi Access for Wi-Fi Calling / VoWiFi.

Save this date and time! Tue, Nov 7, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST.

VoWi-Fi has provided mobile carriers with an antidote to spotty indoor cell coverage by running calls over Wi-Fi for better call completion rates and higher call quality. Wi-Fi will be one of the many access technologies for 5G networks, not only because it helps overcome poor in-building cellular coverage, but also offloading data traffic from congested mobile networks.

This in-depth webinar features speakers from Intel, Affirmed Networks and Metaswitch sharing insights on the key market drivers for Wi-Fi calling/ VoWiFi challenges. The experts will explain how choosing the right virtualized solution will determine the ultimate effectiveness of a VoWiFi implementation.

Topics include how implementing VoWiFi can save mobile operators 1¢/min/subscriber on voice calls, and how virtualization can reduce the total cost of VoWiFi implementation by 45%.

Please join Affirmed Networks’ Director of Product Management Fernando Cerioni and the rest of the distinguished panel. Fernando has over fifteen years’ communications industry experience at companies including Cisco Systems, Starent Networks, Motorola and Cedar Point Communications. He holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Joining him will be Dr. Necati Canpolat of Intel’s Communication and Devices Group and Joge Cañas, Director of PLM Mobile Solutions at Metaswitch.

Register now for this exciting and informative discussion.