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4 Things You Shouldn’t Miss at MWC 2020

4 Things You Shouldn’t Miss at MWC 2020

January 7, 2020 by

Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to look ahead to all the good things the new year will bring. If you’re anything like us, one of the highlights of the year happens in the last week of February at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. The theme for MWC 2020 is “Limitless Intelligent Connectivity,” which describes...

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Mobile Network Analytics

If Data is the New Oil, Why Have Your Mobile Network Analytics Efforts Stalled?

December 18, 2019 by

It’s been said that data is the new oil. If that’s true, communications service providers (CSPs) have struck it rich. Their networks collect a vast amount of data on customers, all of which can be used to deliver better customer experiences and new, revenue-generating services.  Mobile network analytics is the opportunity that CSPs have waited for, as they look to...

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Innovation at the Core: Standalone 5G Core Architecture

Innovation at the Core: Standalone 5G Core Architecture

December 4, 2019 by

Whenever 5G is mentioned, the conversation seems to inevitably shift to 5GNR (New Radio) as the driver for the diverse use cases that will come. Meanwhile, all those 5G mobile core innovations are pushed to the margins, with maybe a mention of network slicing. These same pundits like to tell people that 5G is still years away and to keep...

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A Moment of Reflection on the 5G Revolution in 2019

A Moment of Reflection on the 5G Revolution in 2019

November 26, 2019 by

The iPhone 11 was released on September 20th, 2019. Take a look at it 1, and you’ll quickly notice the extra camera and the lower price tag. What you won’t see is any mention of native support for 5G. The new iPhone doesn’t have it. If you’re looking for the seeds of a 5G revolution, don’t look to Apple. Look...

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SmartNICs give EPC5G services a turbo boost of speed

SmartNICs Give EPC/5G Services a Turbo Boost of Speed

November 19, 2019 by

5G has a need for speed, and just down the road are a host of new 5G services that will demand higher network performance, from augmented/virtual reality applications to connected cars. Where will that extra performance come from? There are two paths that mobile operators can take to boost network performance: they can upgrade and/or add more CPU horsepower to...

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Think You’ve Got 5G Security Issues Protected Think Again.

Think You’ve Got 5G Security Issues Protected? Think Again.

November 13, 2019 by

As interest in 5G continues to heat up, you’re likely to hear a lot more about 5G security. You may not, however, be hearing the whole story. Most conversations around 5G security centers on the standards put forward by 3GPP last year. Those standards are a good starting point, don’t get me wrong, but they’re not the last word on...

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Cloud-washing

It’s Time to Come Clean About Cloud-Washing

November 1, 2019 by

They did it again. Another company has taken their old software, cleaned it up a little for deployment in the cloud, and called it cloud-native. We call it cloud-washing. Like the “green-washing” of old, where companies would make claims of environmentally friendly products and practices when, in fact, little had changed from the past, cloud-washing is simply the rebranding and repackaging...

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The Traditional Telecom Vendor Is Dead. Long Live the Continuous Innovation Partner!

The Traditional Telecom Vendor Is Dead. Long Live the Continuous Innovation Partner!

October 21, 2019 by

For years, the traditional telecom vendor has been the leviathan on the landscape, generating billions of dollars in revenue through hardware, software, and network-related services. But those vendors are going the way of the dinosaur—that is, toward extinction. Telecom operators (i.e. Communication Service Providers, or CSPs) are looking for a new kind of partner, one that can help them innovate...

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Affirmed Networks Awarded Leaders Board Partner Twice in a Row as Part of Intel® Network Builders Program

Affirmed Networks Awarded Leaders Board Partner Twice in a Row as Part of Intel® Network Builders Program

October 15, 2019 by

Good leaders understand the value of teamwork. They know that good ideas can come from individuals, but good solutions come from people. That’s why it means a lot to us to be recognized again for this year’s Intel® Network Builders Winners’ Circle Awards: it validates everything we believe at Affirmed about the importance of leadership. Intel Network Builders represents a...

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Cloud Native The Disaggregation of Software

Cloud Native: The Disaggregation of Software

October 9, 2019 by

“If virtualization is the disaggregation of hardware, then cloud-native is the disaggregation of software.” As we stand on the cusp of 5G’s arrival next year (according to most analysts), it’s surprising to me how many people in the industry still don’t agree on what 5G will look like when it does arrive. You’ll hear the usual terms in a conversation...

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