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Affirmed Networks Names Anand Krishnamurthy as President and Chief Executive Officer

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Affirmed Networks Names Anand Krishnamurthy as President and Chief Executive Officer

ACTON, Massachusetts, March 25, 2020 – Affirmed Networks, the leader in virtualized, cloud-native 5G networks, today announced that its board of directors has named Anand Krishnamurthy as the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Retiring CEO, Hassan Ahmed, will continue as Chairman of Affirmed’s Board of Directors.

Anand brings tremendous knowledge and continuity to his new position, having previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Affirmed Networks. A co-founder of the company, Krishnamurthy originally joined Affirmed as its Vice President of Engineering.

“I am really thrilled to see Anand leading our company forward,” said Hassan Ahmed, Chairman, Affirmed Networks Board of Directors. “As a co-founder of Affirmed, he is ideally equipped to lead the organization through its next phase of growth. Anand combines a proven track record of leadership and success in the industry with a deep knowledge of Affirmed’s products, customers, and culture—skills that will enable him to guide the company into an exciting new chapter as 5G deployments ramp globally.”

Throughout his career, Anand has held several technical and managerial roles within leading companies in the telecommunications industry including Airvana, Ascend Communications, Cascade Communications, and Lucent Technologies. He holds degrees from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science and Boston University.

“I joined Affirmed Networks ten years ago because I wanted to be a part of a company that could change the industry,” said Anand Krishnamurthy, Affirmed’s President and CEO. “Today, I am proud to be part of a team that is truly revolutionizing the way networks are built. With more than 100 customers globally, Affirmed Networks has grown into a true industry leader that is well-positioned to help our customers through their journey to 5G. We are thankful to Hassan for his vision and commitment in guiding the company through this extraordinary journey and positioning us for tremendous success in the future. It is my honor to lead Affirmed as we continue to drive this incredible transformation in our industry.”

 

About Affirmed Networks, Inc.

Affirmed Networks was founded to transform the future of the mobile industry. Affirmed’s vEPC and cloud-based webscale solutions change the economics of deploying and scaling networks. Operators deploy Affirmed’s NFV solutions to deliver differentiated 5G services including mobile broadband, IoT, carrier-grade Wi-Fi roaming, connected cars, and more. Affirmed solutions enable operators to enhance the network experience while achieving as much as a 90% reduction in operational costs. Proven in more than 100+ networks and over 80 countries, Affirmed’s NFV solutions are deployed in the world’s largest networks and provide industry-leading performance and scale coupled with unmatched service agility, accelerating new service innovation, creation, and delivery. For more information, please visit: www.affirmednetworks.com.

DNA Selects and Deploys Affirmed Networks as Foundation for 5G NSA and SA Solution

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Finnish Mobile Operator Deploys Affirmed’s Virtualized Architecture for Fast, Reliable 5G Connectivity Capable of Delivering New Services and Rich Customer Experience to Residential and Enterprise Customers

ACTON, Massachusetts, USA, February 13, 2020 – Affirmed Networks, the leader in the virtualization of mobile networks, today announced that it has been selected by DNA, one of the leading telecommunications providers in Finland, to replace its legacy network infrastructure. Affirmed’s fully virtualized, web-scale, cloud-native solution will serve as the foundation for all services and has been deployed for DNA’s recently launched consumer 5G offering, which will deliver “superfast” connections and rich customer experience to residential and enterprise markets.

Serving a customer base that has the world’s highest bandwidth consumption, DNA’s move to a complete virtualized network infrastructure is driven by two key drivers: the region’s demand for high-bandwidth digital services and to enable competitive differentiation in the highly competitive Finnish market.

In December 2019, DNA leveraged their existing 4G and 5G network footprint to deliver a new “Home 5G” offering to residential customers across the Helsinki metropolitan area, Tampere and Turku, which will deliver high-speed broadband service to areas where fiber is unavailable or very expensive to build. DNA already offers its enterprise customers 5G IoT services such as NB-IoT, LTE-M leveraging network slicing, and other capabilities offered by Affirmed’s comprehensive 5G NSA and SA solution.

DNA expects to significantly expand its 5G network in 2020, while also continuing to leverage its 4G network.  DNA’s 5G network technology is powered by Affirmed’s fully virtualized, webscale, cloud-native 5G Standalone (SA) solution that allows mobile operators to seamlessly converge multiple networks into one unified network.  Affirmed 5G mobile core significantly improves network economics by eliminating the need for operators to maintain parallel legacy networks dedicated to just one service.

“Our selection of Affirmed Networks as the foundation for our new, virtualized network architecture enables us to deliver fast and reliable 5G to our residential and enterprise customers,” says Ville Virtanen, Director of Core Networks at DNA. “This supports our vision for providing the best possible customer experience by leveraging the most innovative technology from best of breed vendors. 5G will enable new opportunities and experiences for the people of Finland. This is an exciting time and an opening for new era of mobile data.”.

“DNA recognizes that the delivery of superior customer experiences will be achieved by utilizing a wide range of technologies and approaches,” said Ashwin Moranganti, Chief Product Officer at Affirmed Networks. “The availability of 5G supports this vision and is enabling DNA to continue to provide innovative services to their consumer and enterprise customers that will usher in a new phase of growth.”

Today, Affirmed Networks has more than 100 customers across five continents, including some of the world’s largest and most innovative operators.

 

About DNA:

DNA is one of the leading telecommunications companies in Finland.  We want to make our customers’ daily lives less complicated. We offer connections, services, and devices for homes and workplaces, contributing to the digitalization of society.  DNA’s mobile communication network customers have the highest mobile data usage per subscription in the world.  We are Finland’s largest cable TV operator.  DNA has more than 4 million subscriptions in its fixed and mobile communications networks.  The company was ranked as the best employer in Finland in the large companies category of the 2019 Great Place to Work survey.  In 2019, our net sales were EUR 942 million, and we employ about 1,600 people around Finland. DNA is a part of Telenor Group, a leading telecommunications company across the Nordics. More information: www.dna.fi, Twitter @DNA_fi and Facebook.

 

About Affirmed Networks, Inc.

Affirmed Networks was founded to transform the future of the mobile industry.  Our vEPC and cloud-based webscale solutions are enabling operators to change the economics of deploying and scaling networks.  Operators have deployed Affirmed’s NFV solutions to deliver differentiated 5G services, including mobile broadband, IoT, carrier-grade Wi-Fi roaming, connected cars, and more. Affirmed solutions enable operators to enhance the network experience while achieving as much as a 90% reduction in operational costs. Proven in more than 100+ networks and over 80 countries, our NFV solutions are deployed in the world’s largest networks and provide industry-leading performance and scale coupled with unmatched service agility, accelerating new service innovation, creation, and delivery.

Millicom Selects Affirmed Networks as the Strategic Partner to Deploy Its Cloud-Based, 5G-Ready Core Network

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Acton, Massachusetts, U.S.A., February 11, 2020Affirmed Networks, a leader in mobile network 5G transformation, announced today that Millicom, a leading provider of cable and mobile services in Latin America operating under the TIGO brand, has selected Affirmed Networks as the strategic partner for its cloud-based, 5G-ready core network solution. Millicom will deploy Affirmed’s virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) solution on VMware’s vCloud NFV platform, to serve as the foundation for an ambitious rollout of new mobile and Wi-Fi services.

Millicom’s strategic goal is to build and grow digital highways across Latin America, and to provide next-generation digital services to its Tigo customers in the region. Working in partnership with Affirmed, Millicom will meet that goal by:

  • Building a world-class, cloud-based, 5G-ready core network platform based on Affirmed’s high-performance, distributed architecture;
  • Improving service agility and reducing operational costs across geographically distributed networks, with the introduction of software-based Virtualized Network Functions;
  • Offering local breakout services to customers in Latin America that will include differentiated offers and new connectivity services.

“We chose Affirmed Networks as our strategic partner for their innovative cloud-native architecture, the industry-leading performance and efficiency of their solution, as well as our shared vision for the future,” said Xavier Rocoplan, Millicom’s EVP and Group CTIO. “As we continuously look to expand our digital highways across our markets in Latin America and bring new, innovative services to our customers, our partnership with Affirmed sets the foundation for a digitalized, limitless future.”

Affirmed’s vEPC solution will allow Millicom to deliver differentiated services with industry-leading throughput and real-time network analytics to ensure a great customer experience. The solution will allow a future introduction of 5G services to the region, bringing high-bandwidth, low-latency edge services such as augmented /virtual reality, real-time video streaming, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications closer to customers.

“The flexibility of Affirmed’s distributed architecture allows us to rapidly deploy a cutting-edge core network solution across all our markets in Central America, and will simplify the integration of our newly acquired mobile networks,” said Christophe Eyquem, CTIO for Central America.

Millicom will also deploy Affirmed’s virtualized Wi-Fi gateway to provide seamless handoffs between Millicom’s macrocellular networks and Wi-Fi environments for a smooth customer experience.

“Millicom is in the vanguard of the world’s mobile network operators in terms of understanding the profound business impacts of digital transformation and automation.  Millicom has fully recognized the value of software agility to address the needs of their disparate and dynamic customer base,” said Ron Parker, Affirmed’s CTO. “Affirmed Networks revolutionizes Millicom’s ability to rapidly address their customers’ needs and win in the marketplace. “

Through its strategic partnership with Affirmed and VMware, Millicom has big plans for its telco cloud infrastructure that includes a software-defined, automated, NFV-based mobile core, and a converged, unified cloud architecture. VMware’s vCloud platform will allow Millicom to modernize its current network infrastructure to become 5G-ready and accelerate the time-to-market for new services. With VMware and Affirmed, Millicom will have the ability to customize services across brands, simplify their operational model, and develop and launch new services quickly using a distributed, mobile core platform based on control and user plane separation (CUPS).

About Affirmed Networks, Inc.

Affirmed Networks was founded to transform the future of the mobile industry. Our vEPC and cloud-based solutions are enabling Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to change the economics of deploying and scaling networks. CSPs have deployed Affirmed’s NFV solutions to deliver differentiated 5G services, including mobile broadband, IoT, carrier-grade Wi-Fi roaming, connected cars, and more. Proven in more than 100+ networks and over 80 countries, our NFV solutions are deployed in the world’s largest networks. For more information, please visit www.affirmednetworks.com.

Affirmed Networks Achieves Another Industry First: Delivers UnityCloud 5GC Solution on AWS

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Enables Communications Service Providers to deploy a 5G Core Solution on a Hybrid Cloud; Allowing them to focus on accelerating innovation as they prepare for 5G.

ACTON, Mass. – October 22/23, 2019 – Affirmed Networks today delivered another industry first, the successful demonstration of the company’s UnityCloud™ 5G Core solution on AWS. This latest achievement allows Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to focus on delivering innovative services to their customers rather than on the operations of running a data center supporting a next-gen virtualized network.

Affirmed is now able to deliver the world’s most effective, cloud-native 5GC network solution over the proven, robust AWS cloud services. As a result, operators can accelerate innovation and enhance their competitive advantage by delivering advanced services over a scalable 5G Core.

“The arrival of 5G presents operators with a significant opportunity to embrace digital transformation and change how networks are deployed and operated, while also creating new experiences, services, and revenue streams that have the potential to drive business growth,” said Ashwin Moranganti, Affirmed Networks’ Vice president, Product Management and Marketing. “The operators that most effectively capitalize on this opportunity will be those that focus on what they do best. This is why we are seeing interest from innovative operators in leveraging hybrid cloud, as it allows them to accelerate innovation without having to focus on the complexity of data center operations.”

Affirmed UnityCloud significantly improves network economics by converging ‘Any G,’ including 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, and wireline core on to one unified core.  This eliminates the need for CSPs to maintain parallel legacy networks and allows them to quickly create and deploy new consumer, enterprise, and IoT services.

The 5G core running on a trusted hybrid cloud such as AWS represents an ideal solution for operators. By leveraging Affirmed UnityCloud on AWS unique hybrid cloud, CSPs can now easily orchestrate the control and user plane. This allows them to centralize control plane by placing its workload in the AWS regional cloud and distributing user planes by moving user planes closer to the user at the network or enterprise edge via AWS Outposts. As a result, CSPs gain the best user experience with the highest performance, ultra-low latencies, and the lowest possible TCO.

This approach provides CSPs with the flexibility to design and deploy hybrid clouds in a wide variety of on-prem or public cloud-based models.  As a result, CSPs can accelerate innovation by providing developers with the same infrastructure, services, and APIs that will support the service when it is delivered. This enables CSPs to:

  • Build an application once, and deploy via the cloud or on-premises, significantly decreasing the amount of custom software required, increasing developer velocity.
  • Eliminate custom environments that must be deployed, operated, and monitored, reducing operational complexity and risk.
  • Access a vast ecosystem of AWS developers allowing the development of new compelling applications that will help monetize 5G investments.

As such, CSPs are able to reap the benefits of digital transformation by focusing on their core competencies. Operators also benefit from AWS’ global reach that allows them to quickly and easily expand into new markets and geographies to drive revenue growth without increasing complexity.

Affirmed UnityCloud is a web-scale, cloud-native 5G innovation platform that helps CSPs to quickly create and deploy new consumer, enterprise, and IoT services. With UnityCloud, operators can deploy new services in weeks versus months, which allows them to rapidly respond to market demands and compete more effectively. UnityCloud’s true microservice architecture enables automated fine-grained slicing so the solution can be tailored to the disparate needs of individual enterprises, applications, and use cases to support a wide range of new service offerings.

UnityCloud is currently engaged in several trials with tier one operators globally that are building 5G Standalone (SA) networks.

About Affirmed Networks, Inc.

Affirmed Networks was founded to transform the future of the mobile industry. Our vEPC and cloud-based solutions are enabling Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to change the economics of deploying and scaling networks. CSPs have deployed Affirmed’s NFV solutions to deliver differentiated 5G services, including mobile broadband, IoT, carrier-grade Wi-Fi roaming, connected cars, and more. Proven in more than 100+ networks and over 80 countries, our NFV solutions are deployed in the world’s largest networks. For more information, please visit www.affirmednetworks.com.

Affirmed Networks Appoints Anand Krishnamurthy to President and COO

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Member of Company’s Founding Team to Assume Broader Operational Role as the Company Continues to Help Mobile Operators Prepare for 5G

 

ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, September 12, 2019 – Affirmed Networks, the leader in virtualized mobile networks, today announced it has promoted Anand Krishnamurthy to President and Chief Operating Officer, reporting directly to Hassan Ahmed, Affirmed’s Chairman, and CEO. A member of the group that founded Affirmed Networks nine years ago, Anand brings an intimate understanding of the business that will be critical in guiding the company’s growth as it continues to help its 100+ customers prepare for the arrival of 5G.

A 20-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, Anand brings a combination of deep technical and business expertise as the company leads the transformation of mobile networks toward cloud-native architectures that will be the foundation for new 5G services. In his new role, Anand will direct all operational decisions, while driving alignment and cohesion across the functional areas that now report directly to him.

“As one of the founding members of Affirmed Networks, Anand has been key to helping us achieve our current leadership position,” said Hassan Ahmed, Chairman, and CEO, Affirmed Networks. “Having grown our engineering organization from a handful of engineers to one of the most talented in the industry, Anand has a deep understanding of the unique requirements and characteristics of virtualized mobile networks. Throughout his time with us, he has gained an in-depth knowledge of the business, the trust of our customers and the respect of his team. All of this makes him ideally suited for his new role where he will be focused on ensuring continued growth during this critical time for our company and our industry.”

“Since its inception, Affirmed Networks has been on the leading edge of one of the most important transformations our industry has ever seen,” said Anand Krishnamurthy, Affirmed’s President, and COO. “We have been fortunate to have a world-class engineering team with a sharp focus on the needs of our customers as they completely redefine the way services will be delivered over 5G virtualized networks. I look forward to this expanded role, and to driving growth as we continue to support our customers.”

Throughout his career, Anand has held several technical and managerial roles within leading companies in the telecommunications industry including roles at Airvana, Ascend Communications, Cascade Communications, and Lucent Technologies. He holds degrees from the Birla Institute of Science and Technology and from Boston University.

 

About Affirmed Networks, Inc.
Affirmed Networks was founded to transform the future of the mobile industry. Our vEPC and cloud-based webscale solutions enable operators to change the economics of deploying and scaling networks. Operators deploy Affirmed’s NFV solutions to deliver differentiated 5G services including mobile broadband, IoT, carrier-grade Wi-Fi roaming, connected cars and more. Affirmed solutions enable operators to enhance the network experience while achieving as much as a 90% reduction in operational costs. Proven in more than 100+ networks and over 80 countries, our NFV solutions are deployed in the world’s largest networks and provide industry-leading performance and scale coupled with unmatched service agility, accelerating new service innovation, creation, and delivery. For more information, please visit www.affirmednetworks.com.