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New Whitepaper: 5G Velocity in the Distributed Cloud Era

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With the 5G era on the horizon, service providers are re-architecting their networks to achieve the levels of performance and scalability required to support this new generation of networks.  To do so, many operators are distributing cloud infrastructure to network edge locations to enable rapid deployment of advanced network services.

Taking a specific look at evolving 4G and emerging 5G mobile networks, Affirmed Networks and Juniper Networks have commissioned a paper by one of the industry’s foremost experts that focuses on how cloud-native/microservices architectures enable service innovation and velocity.

Written by Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst at analyst firm Heavy Reading, the paper makes the case for deploying edge infrastructure in combination with network slicing mechanisms to enable operators to create and deploy granular services, optimized to the use case and customer, using cloud-native network functions and management tools.

The paper not only looks at the new service requirements but also at the correlation between services and the architecture needed to support them.   Some of the many topics explored in detail as part of this paper include:

  • The Service-Based 5G Core Architecture
  • Distributed Cloud-Native Networks
  • Microservices for 4G/5G Core
  • Achieving True Service Velocity

Click here to obtain a copy of the full report.

Affirmed Networks Named Finalist in 5G World Awards

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Affirmed Networks is pleased to announce that it has been named a Finalist in the 5G product awards at the upcoming 5G World Event.  Taking place in London from June 12-14, 5G World 2018 is themed “Define the Network; Connect the Future” and will attract participants from across the industry to discuss, compare and share the latest 5G-related developments from the across the network and software ecosystem.

An exciting portion of this year’s conference agenda, the 5G World Awards will be announced on June 12, 2018.  The 2018 Awards are divided into seven specific categories; the winners of which will be determined by an esteemed group of judges.

Affirmed Networks has been named a Finalist in the category of “Best 5G Core Network Technology” and is honored to be listed among other deserving candidates.

Affirmed Networks Named Finalists in 5G World Awards

Affirmed Networks continues to lead the industry’s evolution toward 5G.  In February 2018, Affirmed Networks introduced the industry’s first 5G Mobile Core which is currently in trials with Tier One operators in North America and the Middle East.  With more than 80 customers across the world, Affirmed Networks’ is delivering the industry’s most widely-deployed NFV solution

Affirmed has continued to innovate, adding advances in network slicing, automation, and analytics to its portfolio.  These innovations are the result of a focus on customer needs, a world-class development organization and a rich ecosystem of technology partners.

Once again, we are honored to receive the recognition and consideration and would like to thank the judges for their consideration.  We would also like to congratulate the other award Finalists on the many contributions they are making to the industry.

We look forward to seeing you in London.





Is Your RAN vendor Trying to Sell You a Mobile Core? Run in the Other Direction

by Ashwin Moranganti Ashwin Moranganti No Comments

It’s pretty obvious, but building a car is vastly different than building a house.  It requires significantly different tools, skills and processes. That said, if the company that built your home offered to sell you a minivan they designed and built themselves, you’d most likely decline—even if they offered their minivan at a great price.

While that illustration may seem obtuse, the message behind it is not.  Specifically, through our work with the world’s leading operators, we see the same mistake being made from time to time when they buy mobile core solutions from their RAN providers. Think about it.  RAN vendors are in the business of selling hardware—lots of it. Today’s mobile core vendors are in the business of reducing hardware through virtualization and anticipating the decoupled service architecture of 5G. Although RAN and mobile core technologies are designed to work together, they’re worlds apart in terms of how they’re built.

Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Radio-Core Combination from RAN Vendors

Buying a radio-core combination from your RAN vendor is a bad idea for several reasons:

  • You’re probably settling for a second-rate core. No vendor is going to be best-of-breed in everything; at best, they may do a few things well. If a vendor is making 90% of their money selling hardware, they’re probably not the right people to entrust with your cloud/virtualization strategy. Mobile cores are a science unto themselves; it’s why some companies like Affirmed Networks are 100% focused on building virtual mobile core solutions. It’s a different game.
  • Market competition fosters innovation and drives down prices. Market consolidation stifles innovation and drives up prices. Think about Boeing, Airbus and the airline industry: Is that what you want for the telecom industry as it embarks on a new era of growth ushered in by the arrival of 5G?
  • You’re selling the vision of 5G short. 5G is all about disaggregating components in the network and providing open interfaces, not building a proprietary system based on one vendor’s architecture. If you approach your 5G mobile core the same way you approached your 3G core, you stand to miss out on many of the benefits that 5G brings to the network.

What exactly are the benefits that a best-of-breed mobile core can bring to your business? We’re glad you asked. Let’s look at what it means for some of our customers:

  • It means having a cloud-native, 5G mobile core right now, not three years from now when we get around to it on our roadmap.
  • It means virtualized network functions that are already decoupled to scale efficiently, deliver high performance and accelerate service creation. And remember, these aren’t just requirements for the future, they’re benefits that can drive revenue and deliver a significant competitive advantage today.
  • It means unique innovations you won’t find anywhere else, such as virtualized network probes that deliver rich network insights without impacting network performance and a built-in service automation platform that can create new micro- and macro-services in minutes.

Look, we understand the appeal of saving money on your mobile core and having one throat to choke. But wouldn’t it be better not to have to choke any throats at all? You wouldn’t drive a car designed by your architect, or live in a home built by your mechanic. Why settle for a virtualized mobile core designed by your legacy hardware vendor? After all, you’re going to have to live with that decision for a long time.

Learn more about our mobile core solutions.

Affirmed Joins Leaders from Across the Network Ecosystem to Discuss the Ongoing Network Transformation Occurring Across the Middle East

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Joining leading network operators and technology providers in Dubai, Affirmed Networks participated in the Cloud, Network Virtualisation and Automation MENA event.  This two-day event featured a rich agenda of industry leaders from across the ecosystem as part of a discussion on the benefits, deployment challenges and use cases of network virtualisation and cloud computing, focusing on key areas such as NFV, SDN, network automation and orchestration, cloud and data optimization.

As part of our participation in the event, Affirmed Networks’ VP of Technology and Chief Architect, Ron Parker, joined customers such as du and Etisalat and partners (Intel) on two panels focused on 5G, Cloud and Virtualisation across the Middle East.

Affirmed Networks also provided attendees with demonstrations of key areas of functionality from the company’s industry-leading 5G Webscale Mobile Core Solution in the areas of service automation, network slicing and Cloud Native VNF lifecycle management

Affirmed Networks’ Chairman and CEO Named Finalist for Light Reading Hall of Fame Award

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Affirmed Networks’ founder, Chairman and CEO, Hassan Ahmed, was named as a finalist as part of Light Reading’s 2018 Leading Lights Awards in the category of “Hall of Fame.”  Seeking to recognize individuals for their “remarkable contributions” to the telecommunications industry, the Light Reading Hall of Fame award will be awarded at the upcoming Big Communications Event (BCE) taking place in May in Austin, Texas.

The selection of Hassan as a candidate for this award, speaks to the credibility of the award and the types of individuals also being considered.  Throughout his career, Hassan has consistently demonstrated an ability to identify and capitalize on opportunities for market disruption.

A Stanford PhD in Electrical Engineering, Hassan has been either a CEO or a senior executive in three companies that achieved significant success disrupting incumbent providers and standard operating procedure.  He served as CTO of Cascade Communications, a pioneer in the ATM switching market, who’s equipment carried an estimated 70% of the world’s Internet traffic during the mid 90s.

In 1996, Hassan was part of the leadership team at Sonus Networks, a company focused on enabling the transformation of telephony to IP, which proved to be a disruptive force to the market.  Hassan served as Chairman and CEO of Sonus Networks for 10 years growing it from an idea into a publicly traded company with a peak market value of $15.4 billion.

In 2010, Hassan identified another opportunity for disrupting the way networks are built that resulted in his founding of Affirmed Networks.  One of the first companies to understand that traditional carrier cost structures were unsustainable, Affirmed Networks has led the transition away from costly, inflexible hardware-based networks to more agile, virtualized, software-based architectures. Affirmed has more than 78 customers, including some of the world’s largest networks such as AT&T, Vodafone, Etisalat, Telus, and many others.

Prior to starting Affirmed Networks, Hassan worked as a Senior Advisor at Charles River Ventures.  He is a guest lecturer at MIT, Hassan also serves on the board of many successful technology companies and is on the board of overseers at Boston’s Museum of Science.

We would like to thank Light Reading for their recognition of Hassan’s achievements and to also congratulate the other distinguished individuals being considered for this prestigious award.