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du Selects Affirmed Networks to Power IoT Network for Smart City Deployment

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This week du, the UAE-based telecom operator, announced the launch of their NB-IoT network in the United Arab Emirates, which will leverage Affirmed Networks’ vEPC solution to deliver applications such as smart metering, smart parking, trackers, smart health, industrial and agriculture use cases in the United Arab Emirates.

The solution, which includes best-of-breed solutions from several vendors, utilizes Affirmed Networks’ NB-IoT capabilities which are designed for applications requiring longer battery life and data rates designed for low latency applications.

The project comes after a recent successful demonstration to support water smart metering use cases as part of a broader Smart City use case.  The announcement highlights the capabilities of how standards-based solutions from leading vendors can successfully deliver NB-IoT solutions to serve a wide range of IoT applications as the industry prepares for the widespread connectivity that will accompany the arrival of 5G.

du first announced its work with Affirmed Networks at Mobile World Congress 2018, when the company shared that Affirmed Networks’ NB-IoT solution would be deployed on their fully-virtualized native, cloud, open-stack environment.  At the time du also highlighted they would also be using Affirmed’s Virtualized Mobile Core, which includes a virtualized WiFi Gateway, to deliver VoWiFi and Fixed Wireless services. du’s selection of Affirmed’s 5G-ready solution, equipped with network slicing capabilities, is intended to support du’s vision of a fully virtualized and software defined native cloud core network.

The deployment represents yet another example of how innovative operators like du are leveraging the industry’s latest advances to deliver new, innovative services to subscribers in their region.

According to Momhammed Shanableh, Vice President of Global Sales and Operations of Affirmed Networks: “du has consistently been one of the most innovative telecom operators, which is evidenced by their early adoption of NFV as an enabler for new services, such as IoT, that enterprises are looking for over 5G.”

Turkcell and Affirmed Networks Successfully Deploy the Largest Commercial Virtualized Network in the EMEA Region

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Virtualized Mobile Network Infrastructure Supports More than 35 Million Mobile Subscribers Capable of Supporting up to 1.8 Terabits of Traffic
Deployment Provides Turkcell with Industry-Leading Time-to-Market for New Service Introduction and Significant CapEx Savings

ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, February 6, 2019 – Affirmed Networks, the leader in virtualized mobile networks, today announced with Turkcell that they have jointly deployed one of the largest virtualized mobile networks in the EMEA region. The network currently supports more than 35 million mobile broadband subscribers and carries over a terabit per second (Tbps) of customer traffic across the region.

In February 2018, Affirmed Networks announced they had been selected by Turkcell as a partner providing virtualized network infrastructure for the operator’s network transformation initiative designed to streamline costs and drive revenue growth. A key goal of Turkcell’s network transformation initiative was to embrace a next-generation mobile architecture and to quickly begin experiencing the cost savings and service agility that accompany the deployment of a virtualized network.

Supporting this strategic initiative, Affirmed Networks provided the operator’s virtualized GiLAN solution as well as Turkcell’s complete “Unified Telco Cloud” platform over the past year. Turkcell’s centralized cloud utilizes Red Hat OpenStack Platform, the carrier-grade distribution of the open source, massively-scalable infrastructure framework for building hybrid clouds, and supported by Red Hat Ceph Storage. Additionally, Affirmed Networks also provides Turkcell’s Data Optimization solution, which represents one of their largest NFV deployments. Today, the Turkcell network provides a wide variety of services including data optimization, CGN, DPI and control plane services that include VoLTE, PCRF and AAA.

Working together, Affirmed Networks and Turkcell have successfully delivered on the goals for the initiative, resulting in one of the most extensive live, commercial virtualized mobile networks in the EMEA region. It provides Turkcell with several transformative business benefits that have helped the operator drive its leadership position in the industry. Specifically, these benefits include an accelerated ability to deliver new services to market, and significant CapEx reductions required to build and operate Turkcell’s next-generation network infrastructure.

According to Gediz Sezgin, Turkcell’s CTO: “We initially selected Affirmed Networks based on their innovation in the area of network transformation and virtualization and their work with some of the world’s largest operators. Our decision has been reinforced many times throughout the deployment, as we were continually impressed by the speed in which we were able to move from testing to roll-out; a process that took as little as four months for us to virtualize the critical services required for the success of the project.”

Turkcell believes that their ability to deliver new services is the result of having a production-ready network that allows them to quickly move services to production more efficiently than ever before. This has resulted in a reduction of at least three months for delivering new services compared to the experience in their legacy network.

Realized capex savings also significantly enhance Turkcell’s ability to compete in the market. By eliminating their legacy capital-intensive hardware network infrastructure, the company has been able to significantly reduce the cost of their network, providing both flexibility and competitive advantage.

As a result, Turkcell’s virtualized network reduces both overall cost and time-to-market, greatly enhancing the ability to deploy new services, such as IMS, much sooner.

“Turkcell has achieved an industry leading milestone and we are honored to have been their trusted partner through each stage of this impressive transformation,” said Hassan Ahmed, Chairman and CEO, Affirmed Networks. “Many factors were key to the success of this initiative. Turkcell began with a powerful vision and clear objectives for the virtualization of their mobile network. We combined our accomplished teams with key learnings and best practices from deployments we have completed with other top operators globally to implement this network quickly.”

As part of the ongoing strategic partnership between the two companies, Affirmed Networks will continue to support Turkcell, helping to oversee the day-to-day operations of the network for the next three to five years.

Affirmed Networks has more than 90 customers across five continents, including some of the world’s largest and most innovative operators.



About Turkcell
Turkcell is a digital operator headquartered in Turkey, serving its customers with its unique portfolio of digital services along with voice, messaging, data and IPTV services on its mobile and fixed networks. Turkcell Group companies operate in Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Northern Cyprus, Germany. Turkcell launched LTE services in its home country on April 1st, 2016, employing LTE-Advanced and 3 carrier aggregation technologies in 81 cities. In 2G and 3G, Turkcell’s population coverage in Turkey is at 99.61% and 97.94%, respectively, as of December, 2017. Turkcell offers up to 1 Gbps fiber internet speed with its FTTH services. Turkcell Group reported TRY17.6 billion revenue in FY17 with total assets of TRY34.0 billion as of December 31, 2017. It has been listed on the NYSE and the BIST since July 2000, and is the only NYSE-listed company in Turkey. Read more at www.turkcell.com.tr.

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.

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Affirmed Networks’ 5G EPC Receives Top Ratings by GlobalData

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We are pleased to announce that, in a research report released this week by analyst firm GlobalData, Affirmed Networks’ 5G vEPC received an overall rating of “very strong.”  Authored by lead analyst, Glen Hunt, the report evaluated Affirmed Networks’ capabilities and offerings across several categories, including: Technology, Go-to-Market, Market Momentum, and Service and Support.

The research effort, which evaluated several market participants independently, lauded Affirmed Networks’ solutions and capabilities across several areas.  Specifically, their recognition praised Affirmed Networks’ market traction with Tier One operators, its cloud-native architecture, which has delivered industry’s leading performance, and the integrated Gi-LAN services and virtual probe capabilities that are part of the solution. The report also cited Affirmed Networks’ continual innovation, specifically in the areas of automation and network slicing that allow operators to address challenges and embrace new service opportunities. The report also acknowledged Affirmed’s “network as a service” model that effectively eliminates “large investments in infrastructure.”

Of the many areas of positive analysis, the report gave Affirmed Networks credit for making “significant inroads with multiple mobile operators, both large and small” and for its innovation that allows the company to deliver the “performance, operational efficiency, and agile mobile core services.”

We are honored to be analyzed so favorably by GlobalData and look forward to extending upon all of our areas of strength in the new year as we continue to help mobile network operators to transform their networks in preparation for 5G.

2018 – What a Year!

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2018 has been quite a year for Affirmed Networks. As we usher in the New Year, we wish to thank our customers and partners for all your support, and we look forward to a prosperous 2019!

Here’s a quick look at 2018 by the numbers:

90 Customers
90 customers worldwide have deployed Affirmed Networks vEPC

150 Gbps
Our Affirmed Networks/Intel joint solution delivers 150 Gbps on a single server with performance gains 10x greater than legacy solutions

1st vEPC on Public Cloud
We became the first company to offer a vEPC on the public cloud via AWS

Affirmed Networks named one of the Telecom’s Top 8 Disruptors
Fierce Telecom names Affirmed Networks one of the Telecom’s Top 8 Disruptors

5G mobile core solution
We introduced the industry’s first 5G mobile core and our 5G solution is now deployed at some of the world’s largest operators

Three UK Deploys NFV to Get Ready for 5G

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Are you ready for 5G?

Bryn Jones, CTO, Three UK, chatted with Hassan Ahmed, CEO, Affirmed Networks, about the steps they are taking to improve their overall customer experience and prepare for the arrival of 5G.

This video case study provides a look into how Three UK is using Affirmed’s GiLAN (optimization, DPI, CGNAT, Content Filtering) and virtual probe offerings to handle their 30% per year data growth and position themselves to migrate to 5G services, while also reducing overall network complexity.

One of the industry’s first providers to offer “all you can eat” data plans, Three UK has been a disruptive force in the mobile industry since introducing the first 100% 3G network in the UK in 2003.  Today, they carry more than 32% of the UK’s mobile data traffic and cover 99% of the country’s population.  As a company that has consistently focused on providing the best possible mobile experience to their customers, during this video, they will share insights into

several compelling areas, including:

  • Why NFV is critical to handling the dramatic increase in types of traffic and overall capacity inherent with 5G services.
  • How service assurance and orchestration work when you spin up a new service using NFV.
  • How Three UK is delivering the right customer experience using real-time subscriber data and analytics with integrated virtual probe.

So, sit back, and watch.  There’s lots to be learned when one of the industry’s most innovative service providers shares their secrets of success.