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Affirmed Networks Delivers VMware-Based 5G Mobile Core Solution

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Affirmed and VMware are working together to develop a new reference architecture that allows mobile operators to seamlessly and rapidly deploy 5G services in a webscale, hybrid cloud environment

ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, June 14, 2019—Affirmed Networks, Inc., the leader in virtualized mobile networks announced today that it will deliver the industry’s first 5G Mobile Core solution validated for VMware that enables Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to rapidly deploy 5G services on a multi-cloud infrastructure. As part of this news, VMware was announced as Affirmed’s preferred platform for 5G solutions. The solution includes the VMware vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition and Affirmed Networks suite of virtualized mobile core solutions.

Affirmed Networks, the pioneer of network virtualization, is at the forefront of innovation that automates multi-cloud solutions for MNOs. This reference solution leverages technologies from both companies that enable service providers to rapidly create network services that scale to unprecedented levels of granularity for the enterprise, consumer and IoT network verticals. The reference solution includes the Affirmed virtualized portfolio of solutions running on VMware cloud infrastructure, allowing customized and differentiated services to be created and deployed quickly.

“Operators face the daunting task of both transforming legacy networks to cloud architectures and deploying cloud-native applications, to serve the needs of their customers. VMware’s Telco Cloud platform with Affirmed’s virtualized mobile core solutions delivers a solution that greatly simplifies this transformation,” said Dr. Hassan Ahmed, President and CEO of Affirmed Networks. “Affirmed Networks is looked to by Mobile Operators as a trusted strategic advisor, leveraging our experience in their transformation journey and, as part of that journey, we note the importance of VMware’s multi-cloud strategy. We will continue to work with select technology leaders to deliver uncompromising, high quality technology solutions to serve the needs of our customers.”

Affirmed Networks’ virtualized software architecture includes vEPC, Gi (Gateway-internet) value-added services, network slicing, automation, virtual probing, analytics, and assurance. VMware’s Telco Cloud framework combines its NFV infrastructure with other components of its multi-cloud architecture providing robust container orchestration, operations management, security, and service assurance. These capabilities allow service providers to deploy a high performance, predictable telco stack for building and managing their 5G networks.

“Customers are increasingly adopting Affirmed Networks solutions on the VMware Telco Cloud as the foundation of their network modernization and 5G enablement. The two companies have a long-standing relationship, and have helped service providers transition to a virtualized webscale and cloud native Telco Cloud foundation that can provide uniformity across network and IT,” said Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president, strategy and corporate development and general manager, Telco NFV Group at VMware. “VMware looks forward to working with leading companies like Affirmed to help service providers maximize the benefits of software-defined networking and network functions virtualization and open new business opportunities.”

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

About Affirmed Networks, Inc.
Affirmed Networks was founded to transform the future of the mobile industry. Our vEPC and cloud-based 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. 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.

VMware, vCloud, and vCloud NFV are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions.

Service Providers Agree on the Core Appeal of 5G

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The arrival of 5G will usher in a new era of high-bandwidth/low-latency applications, break open enterprise markets to mobile service providers, dramatically reduce network costs, make driving exams obsolete and create lasting world peace. That is, if you believe half of the things that you read about it.

The reality is that 5G has a good shot at doing some of those things, because it’s already doing them today. In a new e-book from Light Reading, “The Critical Role of Next Gen Core Solutions,” you can read how leading providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Turkcell are using 5G technology to deliver better customer experiences with much better cost and service delivery efficiencies. And because it’s from the folks at Light Reading, you know it will be a good read packed with the kind of insights you would expect from people who can separate the hope of the future from the hype of today.

At the core of this 5G future is, fittingly, the mobile core. While RAN upgrades are important, Light Reading’s Ray Le Maistre shines the spotlight where it belongs in the opening pages by stating “the full potential of 5G can only be realized once the core network is also upgraded.” Telco executives agree. In a separate survey conducted by Heavy Reading, seventy-four percent of surveyed executives felt that a 5G core was necessary to obtain the full benefits of 5G. That number underscores the fact that most telcos are thinking of 5G for more than cheap bandwidth; they have their eye on enterprise services that will require network slicing, agile service creation and other “core” capabilities.

If you really want to know what the early future of 5G will look like, take a look at Turkcell and AT&T: two companies with an early lead in the race to 5G. You’ll find case studies of both service providers in Light Reading’s e-book, showcasing how NFV and cloud services are helping these virtualization visionaries capitalize on new market opportunities. Interviews with Affirmed’s CEO, Hassan Ahmed, and senior director of product management, Seshadri Sathyanarayan, provide additional insight into where 5G core capabilities are headed.

Sponsored by Affirmed and Intel, “The Critical Role of Next Gen Core Solutions,” is a short (20-minute), informative read that highlights the early success of 5G core implementations and reveals why so many major telco operators are betting their future on it. If you’re sick of reading fictional accounts of the 5G-driven future, Light Reading’s non-fiction e-book is the perfect antidote.

Affirmed Networks Announces UnityCloud Bringing Together 5G and Webscale Technology to Drive the Telco Digital Transformation

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Dramatically reduces costs and simplifies the network by converging all networks into one (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G and Wireline)

Enables rapid deployment of services to serve new markets with an innovation platform

ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, May 21, 2019 – Affirmed Networks, the leader in virtualized mobile networks, today announced the introduction of the Affirmed UnityCloud™, a webscale, cloud-native 5G solution that allows mobile operators to seamlessly converge multiple networks into one unified network.  The UnityCloud solution is currently engaged in several trials with tier one operators globally that are building 5G Standalone (SA) networks.

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 operators to maintain parallel legacy networks dedicated to just one service.

Affirmed UnityCloud is an innovation platform that helps operators quickly create and deploy new consumer, enterprise and IoT services.  Operators can deploy new services in weeks vs. months to rapidly respond to market demands and compete with competitors.  UnityCloud’s true microservice architecture enables automated fine-grained slicing so the solution can be tailored to the service.  Operators can deploy services directly on enterprise premises when the use case demands, such as oil and gas and industrial automation.

With UnityCloud, operators build once and deploy services anywhere in the network – from the core to edge and on any public, private or hybrid cloud.  Services that are latency or bandwidth sensitive can be hosted closer to the customer to minimize latency. Alternatively, services could be delivered from the public cloud for better network economics. This flexibility allows operators to deploy mission-critical services on enterprise premise or in their core.

Affirmed UnityCloud is built on four key pillars:

  • Innovation platform that enables operators to easily create and deploy new services with fine-grained network slicing for customized enterprise services
  • Automatic networks that instantiate, orchestrate and scale the network up or down with no human involvement, including closed-loop automation
  • Self-assured networks with observability to ensure minimal latency and maximum performance so Service Level Agreements are met
  • Non-stop networks that provide 6-nines of availability with no service interruptions, even when adding new features or performing software upgrades

Affirmed UnityCloud embraces open source technologies including Kubernetes, Istio, Envoy, Jaeger and others. Using open-source technology and best-of-breed solutions allows operators to eliminate vendor lock-in and take back control of their network so they can react quickly to market demands and compete more effectively.

A Focus on Continuous Innovation

Affirmed UnityCloud is an evolution of Affirmed’s Mobile Content Cloud (MCC), the leading virtualized 5G NSA solution that is currently deployed in more than 100 service provider networks worldwide.  MCC continues to be a leading 5G NSA solution and offers service providers a diverse set of 5G services including consumer mobile, IoT, Wi-Fi and 5G broadband.

“A telecom transformation is underway. A new generation of networks is being built to connect 50+ billion devices, creating a multi-trillion dollar market opportunity,” said Hassan Ahmed, Chairman, and CEO, Affirmed Networks. “Affirmed is at the forefront of this transformation leading the Telecom industry by delivering on the promise of a new webscale, cloud-native services network. Working with the world’s top operators, we have gained the deployment and technical expertise required to develop solutions that will help their journey to 5G, from any starting point.  In delivering Affirmed UnityCloud, we are enabling operators to aggressively capitalize on the opportunity to serve new markets and win the race to revenues.”

 

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.

Syniverse and Affirmed Networks Launch Secure, Cloud-based Virtual Network Solution to Power Internet of Things for Enterprises

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TAMPA, Fla., – April 9, 2019 – Syniverse, the world’s most connected company, and Affirmed Networks, the leader in virtualized mobile networks, today announced they have launched a secure, cloud-based virtual network solution to enable enterprises to quickly deploy new Internet of Things (IoT) services. The Affirmed virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) provides enterprises with the connection to the outside world via the Syniverse Secure Global Access network.

The Syniverse and Affirmed solution supports long-term evolution (LTE) for businesses’ secure network connections, ‘global SIM resources’ for internet access, and IoT for connected devices and smart cities. The solution allows enterprises to create their own network, similar to a mobile operator, to improve agility while reducing network complexities and costs.

Affirmed’s vEPC enables enterprises to have increased freedom to orchestrate how their own network operates. Additionally, Syniverse provides protection on these networks with its Syniverse Secure Global Access network. This private, secure network functions separate from the public internet to prevent cyberattacks. Combining these technologies into one solution benefits mobile operators and enterprises seeking more flexible and secure connections.

The Syniverse and Affirmed partnership also works to support the Syniverse Innovation Lab’s technology, including Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) to provide private LTE. The Syniverse Innovation Lab is a demonstration, development and testing center used to create new business models for rapid industry evolutions, including IoT, 5G, blockchain and artificial intelligence, and is located here at the Syniverse world headquarters.

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John Wick, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Connectivity and Mobility Solutions, Syniverse
“Smart cities, vehicles and industrial manufacturing can only go so far if the ‘connected things’ within them are not able to move along a global environment or supply chain. The types of projects we’ll be working with Affirmed on include developing an ecosystem that will power millions of connected cars in Asia that all need wireless connectivity and will work anywhere in the world with zero tolerance for lag time in communicating with the network and while traveling on the road.”

Ashwin Moranganti, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing, Affirmed Networks
“The launch of cloud-based private LTE and security services for the enterprise represents a significant milestone for the Affirmed and Syniverse partnership. Together, we are providing new and innovative solutions that our customers can use as they continue transforming virtualized networks in preparation of 5G.”

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About Syniverse

Syniverse is the world’s most connected company—we pioneer innovations that take businesses further. Our secure, global network reaches billions of people and devices. Our engagement platform powers the customized experiences of the future. And the millions of secure transactions we drive every minute are revolutionizing how goods and services are exchanged. We have always led companies to reimagine the boundaries of possibility. Today we’re delivering on opportunities with the power to change the world.

About Affirmed Networks

Affirmed Networks has achieved significant attention as its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solution has become the standard for the world’s top mobile operators. Currently, the company has been deployed commercially, including in Tier 1 and Tier 2 mobile networks, and is engaged in many trials worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.affirmednetworks.com.

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For more information, contact:

Kevin Petschow
Syniverse
+1.813.637.5084
kevin.petschow@syniverse.com

Charlie Guyer
Guyer Group for Affirmed Networks
+1.617.599.8830
charlie@guyergroup.com

Affirmed Flying High After MWC19

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Jet lag is one of the perils of the cross-continental pilgrimage to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress. But Affirmed returned in high spirits after a successful conference capped by high-profile appearances in the media. If you didn’t catch all the great coverage form the show, here are a some of the highlights from Mobile World Congress 2019…

It’s not just about the core anymore

One of the key messages from MWC19 was the shift of infrastructure from the core to the edge as 5G deployments continue. As Hassan Ahmed explained to Light Reading’s Phil Harvey in the article Affirmed CEO wants to own the core… & more, Affirmed is expanding its horizon beyond the mobile core. “We do service automation, we do service assurance, we close the loop on the way the network works,” Ahmed shared. “We’re really a networking company.”

Affirmed “wins” MWC19, sort of

Writing for FierceTelecom, Scott Raynovich declared the big winners and losers of MWC19, with Affirmed clearly in the winner’s camp as a leader among the “flashy startups with edge compute infrastructure or applications.” Raynovich sees potential for this space to “flourish as the investment in infrastructure shifts to the edge and the cloud domain,” citing Affirmed’s recent infusion of $38 million in new capital as a particularly encouraging sign.

Collaboration is the killer app

In an interview with TelecomTV, Affirmed’s Amit Tiwari explained the importance of collaboration in building the 5G future, relating it to the Internet’s early mantra of “the network is the killer app.” As Tiwari notes, the best practices for 5G will emerge from the collaborative work that companies like Affirmed, Intel and RedHat are engaged in today. Tiwari was also joined by members of Intel and RedHat for an in-depth interview conducted by TelecomTV that looked at their collaborative efforts to date, including Affirmed’s vEPC solution and the joint Center of Excellence established with RedHat.

5G will be the fabric of connectivity around the world

5G will be very different than 4G, driving a new generation of innovation, from smart cities to better security. In his interview with WebPro News, Hassan Ahmed lays out how 5G will drive down costs and boost security for service providers. In a world where “everything is hackable,” Ahmed sees 5G network capabilities such as network slicing (which Affirmed already provides today for 4G networks) as critical in isolating and protecting 5G communications from increasingly advanced attacks.

True to the spirit of collaboration, Affirmed also scored great exposure through our partnerships. Electronic Engineering Journal did a nice writeup on Affirmed’s groundbreaking performance with Intel’s N3000 server. And Network Media Group hosted a video panel discussion focusing on Telefonica’s edge computing deployment that featured members of Telefonica, Affirmed and Intel.

Coming off the “high” of MWC19, expectations are equally high for 5G. Stay tuned for more developments from Affirmed and our partners by watching us in the news and reading our latest press releases.