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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.

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.”

Affirmed is “must-see 5G” at MWC19

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This year’s Mobile World Congress theme is ‘Intelligent Connectivity’. At the heart of intelligent connectivity is 5G technologies, which will be center stage at this year’s conference. Unlike previous years, however, the 5G “story” will be woven into a variety of digital transformation topics, such as immersive content and artificial intelligence. This reflects the fact that 5G isn’t simply another ‘G’ of efficiency and speed: it promises to affect nearly every aspect of the future, transforming the daily lives of mobile consumers and re-inventing the business strategies for many enterprises.

The industry has heard all this before, of course. The difference at MWC19 is that visitors can expect to see a lot more of what 5G can really do, particularly in the new wave of 5G-enabled mobile services. For mobile service providers, that’s a really big difference. With the massive revenue opportunities for 5G technologies in the enterprise space, 5G offers a tantalizing market for service providers not seen since the Internet boom and the rise of the dot-coms.

Affirmed solutions are at the center of some of the world’s leading 5G use cases, from IoT applications to next-gen 5G/Wi-Fi communications. In fact, as you move through the conference, you’re likely to see Affirmed in action wherever you see mobile service providers embracing the future of 5G services.  This includes Affirmed’s 5G Webscale mobile core solution that includes capabilities such as network slicing, real-time analytics, closed loop automation and support for 5G NR.

We’ll be showcasing some exciting 5G applications at MWC19 in our own booth (Hall 2, booth #2D50), so be sure to stop by, say “hi” and check out some of the great demos we’ll have on tap, including:

  • Closed Loop Services Automation & Dynamic Network Slicing
  • Affirmed Mobile Core 5GC
  • Affirmed Edge Solution with Augmented Reality
  • 5G EPC
  • Affirmed Mobile Core as a Service

We’re also proud to have our joint solutions appear at many of our partners’ booths at MWC19, so keep your eyes open for Affirmed at the displays for Ciena, Dell, Intel, Juniper, RedHat, Tech Mahindra and VMware.

So, if you’d like to see more of Affirmed up close, schedule a meeting with us in Barcelona—we’ll be there every day from February 25th through the 28th.

Affirmed Networks Named Finalist for “Best Mobile Network Infrastructure” as Part of GLOMO Awards at MWC 2019

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Affirmed Networks is pleased to announce they have again been selected as a Finalist for the 2019 Global Mobile Awards 2019 (GLOMO Awards), as part of the official show program at MWC 2019 taking place in Barcelona, February 25-28, 2019.  Marking the third time that Affirmed Networks has been nominated as a finalist in these prestigious awards, the company is once again recognized for its virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) solution that is deployed in the networks of some of the world’s largest telecom operators.

Affirmed Networks is competing in the category “Best Mobile Network Infrastructure,” which is focused on “the importance of the fundamental elements of the mobile network,” and looks for entries that “demonstrate substantial reductions to the life cycle costs of operating a network.”

Affirmed’s webscale mobile core helps Mobile Network Operators move from inflexible, legacy, hardware-based solutions to a highly automated, agile, software-based solution running on Commercial-off-the-Shelf servers that reduces overall total cost of ownership by as much as 75%.  The industry’s most widely-deployed mobile core(vEPC), Affirmed Networks’ webscale mobile core is currently in the networks of more than 95 CSPs globally, including Tier One operators in each major geography.

The awards are judged by independent experts, analysts, journalists, academics, and, in some cases, mobile operator representatives.  Winners of the awards will be presented throughout MWC19.

“The GLOMOs provide a world stage on which to celebrate the most inspirational and innovative developments across our industry, recognising the companies and individuals leading the way in everything from 5G, to emerging markets, to intelligent connectivity,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “The awards attract a significant level of high-quality entries, so being nominated today is a great achievement. We wish everyone the very best of luck and we look forward to some exciting announcements at MWC19 Barcelona.”

From the entire team at Affirmed Networks we are honored to be named as a Finalist for this important industry award.  Our continued success would not be possible without the support of our customers, and our dedicated and talented team that is focused on helping operators transform their networks as they prepare for 5G.  We would like to congratulate all the other worthy entries and finalists for their role in helping our industry progress to a new era of growth and profitability.

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.