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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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Kevin Petschow
Syniverse
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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.

Affirmed Networks selected by Orange International Carriers to deliver Carrier-Grade Wi-Fi Roaming to Mobile Operators Worldwide

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Virtualized Wi-Fi Gateway Platform Will Allow Orange International Subscribers to Enjoy Mobile Data Services on Planes, Trains and Ships

ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, Feb. 25, 2019 – Affirmed Networks, the leader in virtualized mobile networks, announced today that Orange International Carriers has selected Affirmed’s virtualized Wi-Fi Gateway solution to support its planned rollout of Wi-Fi data roaming services. One of the world’s most recognized brands in security, data, mobility and voice services, Orange will leverage the new Wi-Fi data roaming services to connect “underserved” mobile areas such as airplanes, cruise ships and other remote locations where mobile coverage is physically impractical.

Wi-Fi roaming has become increasingly important to carriers as they look to improve and connect mobile devices over different wireless technologies in new, cost-effective ways. With Wi-Fi data roaming, for example, a mobile carrier can ensure that a voice call or data session continues uninterrupted as a subscriber moves between mobile and Wi-Fi coverage. Affirmed’s virtualized Wi-Fi Gateway solution will allow Orange International to securely connect its 4G/LTE network to both trusted and untrusted Wi-Fi networks for seamless mobile experiences.  This includes both SIM-based devices (e.g., smartphones), in home networks and standard clearing and settlements services.

“Our decision to partner with Affirmed Networks was based on their ability to deliver a secure, virtualized solution for Carrier Wi-Fi networks. Our customers continue to seek services that provide low-cost data access when roaming – on land, in the air or at sea –  and the utilization of Wi-Fi technology, provided by partners like Affirmed, allow us to provide a global Wi-Fi footprint as a carrier grade service with managed access, session control, core network integration and flexible billing models, including standard Wi-Fi mode based clearing and settlement,” mentioned Jean-Bernard Willem, Senior Vice President Marketing & Development, International Carriers, Orange.

Affirmed’s virtualized Wi-Fi Gateway solution will enable Orange International to capitalize on new revenue opportunities by delivering secure, seamless mobile experiences over trusted Wi-Fi networks. For its initial rollout, Orange will deliver higher quality mobile connectivity within traditional, “difficult-coverage” areas.

“The transformation of mobile networks has created opportunities for innovative communications service providers to embrace new business models and revenue streams,” said Hassan Ahmed, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Affirmed Networks.  “Leveraging Wi-Fi as a strategic solution for delivering cost-effective roaming services is an example of how operators like Orange are deploying virtualized architectures to improve the customer experience and the bottom-line.   We are excited to expand our partnership with Orange and to enable them to monetize and manage the accelerating data growth they are experiencing in their network.”

About Affirmed Networks’ Wi-Fi Solution

Affirmed Networks’ Wi-Fi Gateway solution offers Evolved Packet Data Gateway (ePDG) and Trusted Wi-Fi Access Gateway (TWAG) functionality enabling virtualized Wi-Fi access, more revenue opportunities and a better subscriber experience with a seamlessly integrated, fully virtualized, and uniquely engineered solution to deliver the highest levels of performance. The combination of Wi-Fi with cellular services on a single platform allows operators unified RAN (Radio Access Network) access for mobile services and allows fixed and mobile operators to expand their network coverage, add new services, such as Wi-Fi calling (VoWiFi), and improve the overall consumer experience.

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

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About Affirmed Networks, Inc.

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

 

 

 

For more information, contact:

Charlie Guyer
Guyer Group for Affirmed Networks
TEL: +1 617-599-8830
EMAIL: charlie@guyergroup.com

Affirmed Networks Capitalizes on Market Momentum with Additional $38 Million Funding

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Centerview Capital Technology and Qualcomm Ventures among latest investors to join Affirmed on their journey to the 5G future

ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, Feb. 25, 2019 — Affirmed Networks, the leader in virtualized mobile networks, announced today that it has raised $38 million in its latest round of funding. This strategic round of funding is led by Centerview Capital Technology and includes wireless industry leader Qualcomm Ventures LLC, Eastward Capital Partners as well as Affirmed’s largest existing investors.

The latest round of funding comes at a time when Affirmed is experiencing significant customer growth. Affirmed, which specializes in virtualized and cloud-native network solutions that help mobile network operators (MNOs) create, monetize and deliver 5G-styled services, currently has more than 100 customers around the world, including many Tier 1 and Tier 2 mobile service providers. The new funding will help Affirmed capitalize on its market momentum and bring its network transformation capabilities into more regions around the globe.

“Affirmed has disruptive technology, deep domain expertise and a vision of mobile network transformation that no other company has,” said Ned Hooper, Partner at Centerview Capital Technology. “As 5G networks continue to be deployed, Affirmed has a unique opportunity to help mobile operators create and innovate the revenue-generating services of the future. We’re very excited to be a part of that future by partnering with Affirmed.”

Since its founding, Affirmed Networks has grown into a market leader with a global operations team and a worldwide presence. Affirmed’s flagship product, the industry’s first fully virtualized and cloud-native Evolved Packet Core (EPC) platform, is deployed in many of the world’s largest MNOs, and enjoys trials with multiple operators. This includes 5G trials in several countries.

“Qualcomm and Affirmed Networks share the goal of unlocking the value of 5G and accelerating its adoption worldwide,” said Quinn Li, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Qualcomm Ventures. “When deployed, 5G will redefine connectivity, computing and the edge cloud for the next decade and Affirmed has a proven ability to help mobile operators quickly adopt and adapt to 5G-ready strategies.”

The latest round of funding will enable Affirmed to continue to invest in new products and grow its customer base.  In addition, Affirmed works closely with a number of partners to create joint 5G solutions that adhere to emerging industry standards and help MNO’s compete effectively with leading over-the-top (OTT) providers.

“After nearly a decade, Affirmed and its customers now stand at the edge of a 5G world that promises to transform the way we communicate,” said Dr. Hassan Ahmed, President and CEO of Affirmed Networks. “From augmented reality to driverless cars, the future is coming into focus today, and we’re more committed than ever to helping mobile service providers deliver that future. We’re proud to have Centerview, Qualcomm Ventures and all of our investors join us for that journey.”

 

About Affirmed Networks, Inc.

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 in Tier 1 and Tier 2 mobile networks, and is engaged in multiple trials worldwide. For more information, please visit www.affirmednetworks.com.

About Centerview Capital Technology

Centerview Capital Technology, based in Palo Alto, California, is an investment adviser focused on growth capital for the technology industry. Centerview Capital Technology actively partners with leading management teams to build enduring companies including SecureWorks, Sauce Labs, Quantenna Communications and Acquia. The team has extensive technology-sector knowledge, operational expertise and deep industry relationships that can be leveraged to unlock value and propel businesses forward. To learn more about Centerview Capital Technology, visit www.centerviewcapital.com/technology/.

About Qualcomm Ventures

As the Venture Capital investment group of Qualcomm Incorporated, a world leader in next-generation wireless technologies, Qualcomm Ventures has been making strategic investments in technology companies that have the potential to dramatically transform our world since 2000. As a global investor, we’re focused on building the connections that bring our mobile future forward. For more information, please visit www.qualcommventures.com.

 

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Mobile World Congress Media Contacts: 

Amit Tiwari
Vice President Strategic Alliances & Systems Engineering
Affirmed Networks
TEL: +1-978-268-0839
EMAIL: media@affirmednetworks.com