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Red Hat and Affirmed Networks collaborate to help accelerate 5G deployments on Red Hat OpenShift

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Service providers are transforming and virtualizing their networks in response to an increasingly dynamic market and rapid technology changes. As new opportunities for services grow, 5G has also given service providers the opportunity to increase efficiency, flexibility and elastic scale with microservices-based cloud native architectures. 

As these shifts take place, Red Hat and Affirmed are working together to help service providers adopt cloud native network functions (CNFs) for 5G Cores. Building on the foundation of Red Hat OpenShift, we’re enabling the Affirmed UnityCloud “Any G” solution to be deployed more broadly on a supported, cloud-native backbone, making it easier for telecommunications companies to more efficiently deploy 5G, 4G and 3G services backed by a common telco cloud infrastructure.  

Red Hat and Affirmed are no strangers to collaboration, with Affirmed’s virtual evolved packet core solutions (vEPC) and virtual network functions (VNFs) already deployed and supported around the world on Red Hat OpenStack Platform. Now, our relationship has expanded to include 5G on Red Hat OpenShift, with the OpenShift certification expected to complete this summer.

UnityCloud Platform is a platform of innovation and is designed to deliver automatic, self-observable and non-stop networks. UnityCloud Platform combines the strength of open source technologies with Affirmed’s carrier-grade telco and virtualization expertise. The platform provides a variety of CNF dependencies and automation frameworks to enable cloud-native functions to run seamlessly. UnityCloud Platform was designed to work on bare metal, VM based IaaS, container-based IaaS in both public and private environments.

With the extension of our collaboration, Affirmed now supports UnityCloud from the core to the edge and across public, private and hybrid cloud environments. This enables telecommunications providers to use “Any G” solutions on a broad spectrum of platforms, including Red Hat OpenShift on bare metal, Red Hat OpenShift on Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat OpenShift in the public cloud, like Microsoft Azure.

Cloud-native collaboration: Address a broad spectrum of telco needs

Through this collaboration, customers will have additional flexibility to tackle an extended set of technology scenarios, including:

  • Network Functions on Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat OpenStack Platform: A customer or operator seeking to administer a virtual machine (VM)-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) that supports multiple VNFs and containerized network functions (CNFs) from different suppliers. Ideally, this deployment is based on Red Hat OpenStack Platform, where Affirmed provides UnityCloud Platform on Red Hat OpenShift and CNFs provided by Affirmed Networks and other ecosystem partners.
  • CNFs on OpenShift on baremetal: An operator wants to deploy a containerized Kubernetes-based IaaS that supports multiple CNFs from different vendors. This baremetal deployment is best suited for Red Hat OpenShift, running Affirmed Network’s UnityCloud Platform LITE and CNFs provided by Affirmed Networks and other ecosystem partners.

Red Hat OpenShift is available for a variety of cloud environments, from major public clouds including Microsoft Azure, AWS, Google Cloud Platform and IBM Cloud to private cloud and virtualized infrastructure such as Red Hat OpenStack Platform and VMware. More than just availability, the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform provides the flexibility to combine public and private resources for hybrid cloud deployments.

Running Affirmed UnityCloud on Red Hat OpenShift provides the flexibility to deploy on a myriad of private, public cloud, or hybrid cloud environments to shift or scale workloads as business needs dictate. We hear from our customers that hybrid cloud combines the flexibility to innovate more quickly with the control of on-premises datacenters, while still enabling them to use and extend existing public cloud infrastructure investments. 

With a public or hybrid cloud environment based on Red Hat OpenShift, customers can have a much higher level of agility, making it easier to move between and across different types of private and public cloud footprints. With open source software, enterprises can benefit from the continuous community innovation, a generally lower operational cost and less vendor lock-in.

 

SS8 Partners with Affirmed Networks to Deliver Lawful Intelligence Solution

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New partnership lowers the barrier of entry to lawful intelligence platforms

MILPITAS, Calif. and ACTON, Mass., June 9, 2020SS8 Networks, a leader in Lawful Intercept and Monitoring Center platforms, today announced its interoperability with the latest Affirmed Networks virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC).

SS8’s goal is to provide communication service providers (CSPs) with the lowest barrier of entry to the next generation of lawful intelligence. SS8’s integration with Affirmed Networks’ market-leading vEPC solution offers CSPs a secure and encrypted Lawful Interception platform that meets a variety of global requirements. It also provides the optimized agility, scalability, and flexibility associated with Affirmed’s vEPC architecture and solution.

SS8 expects to see significant increases in the number of CSPs that choose to deploy government-mandated lawful interception platforms in virtualized and cloud environments. Today’s announcement ensures that’s CSPs will be able to keep up with the traffic demand and scale for their networks.

“At SS8, we provide cost-effective, scalable, and compliant lawful Intelligence solutions. The interoperability with Affirmed’s vEPC has enabled us to expand our offerings and better meet the needs of our customers,” said Dr. Keith Bhatia, SS8 CEO. “Affirmed has been a true strategic partner, supporting our vision to make the world a safer place by providing the best lawful intercept platform possible.”

“Affirmed’s ability to rapidly and cost effectively deploy its vEPC solution to meet the needs of tier one operators globally is well recognized. By partnering with SS8, together we can radically reduce the time it takes to deploy and test a lawful interception solution,” said Anand Krishnamurthy, CEO of Affirmed Networks. “Implementing this platform with our vEPC will allow SS8 to help their customers deploy quickly, seamlessly, and more reliably.”

About Affirmed Networks, Inc.

Affirmed Networks was founded to transform the future of the mobile industry. Our vEPC and cloud-based solutions are enabling communication 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.

About SS8 Networks

SS8, a network intelligence company, provides solutions to help customers quickly identify, track, and investigate devices and subjects of interest. SS8 is trusted by six of the largest intelligence agencies, eight of the fourteen largest communications providers and five of the largest systems integrators. For more information, visit www.SS8.com or follow us on Twitter @SS8 or LinkedIn.

Turkcell and Affirmed Networks Partner to Deliver Innovation in Network Automation and New Wi-Fi Services

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Affirmed’s End-to-End NFVi Orchestration Platform will Enable Turkcell to Drive Automation and Create New Network Slices Quickly While Significantly Lowering OpEx Costs
Leveraging Affirmed’s virtualized Wi-Fi gateway, Turkcell will be able to expand network coverage and improve overall consumer experience

ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, April 14, 2020 – Affirmed Networks, the leader in virtualized, cloud-native 5G networks, today announced that Turkcell has selected Affirmed’s Service Orchestration and Automation platform and its virtualized Wi-Fi gateway to profitably introduce new revenue-generating services faster and deliver seamless connectivity to its customers. As Turkey’s leading mobile network operator, Turkcell currently serves more than 48 million subscribers globally.

Turkcell and Affirmed began their strategic partnership three years ago, deploying a single, unified NFVi (Network Function Virtualization infrastructure) architecture that would enable Turkcell to eliminate capital-intensive legacy networks and significantly reduce the cost of infrastructure. This initiative has created one of the most extensive, commercial, virtualized mobile networks in the EMEA region. Turkcell has now virtualized 60% of its mobile core services on its telco cloud, which features 20 unique virtualized network functions (VNFs), and is on target to meet its 75% goal by the end of 2020.

With such extensive virtualization, and in order to get ready for upcoming containerization for 5G, Turkcell is currently focused on driving a high degree of intelligence and automation in creating, deploying and managing new offerings. It has selected Affirmed Networks’ NFV orchestration capabilities including Generic VNF Manager for onboarding, instantiating and scaling network services based on ETSI standards in order to manage different virtual infrastructure managers (VIMs) with all VNF Lifecycle Management (LCM) capabilities. Affirmed’s advanced Domain and Service Orchestration solution will manage the complete lifecycle of VNFs running on different VIM Layers together with physical network functions (PNFs) including Day 0/1 configurations.

The selection of Affirmed’s Enterprise and Mobile Wi-Fi solution will provide Turkcell with new opportunities to monetize its flexible and dynamic virtual infrastructure, while connecting its 4G/LTE network to trusted Wi-Fi networks, enabling seamless network connectivity and a better customer experience.

“At Turkcell, we provide resilient and reliable connectivity to our customers, backed by our state-of-the-art infrastructure. The combination of virtualization, automation and new revenue-generating services has enabled Turkcell to become a market leader and meet the needs of our customers most effectively. Affirmed has been a true strategic partner and the key enabler in us undertaking this unique network transformation,” said Gediz Sezgin, Turkcell CTO.

“Affirmed’s Service Orchestration and Automation platform radically simplifies service creation and service provisioning while dramatically reducing time to create, deploy, test, modify and launch new services,” said Ron Parker, CTO from Affirmed Networks. “Implementing this platform, combined with our Wi-Fi solution, will allow Turkcell to create new network slices, help their enterprise customers to on-board and provision new customer premise equipment and enable new subscriber services to be deployed quickly, seamlessly and more reliably.”

Affirmed’s Domain and Service Orchestration and Wi-Fi solutions, join an illustrious list of Affirmed solutions currently deployed in leading communications service providers around the world.

 

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 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.