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Affirmed Networks Achieves Another Industry First: Delivers UnityCloud 5GC Solution on AWS

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Enables Communications Service Providers to deploy a 5G Core Solution on a Hybrid Cloud; Allowing them to focus on accelerating innovation as they prepare for 5G.

ACTON, Mass. – October 22/23, 2019 – Affirmed Networks today delivered another industry first, the successful demonstration of the company’s UnityCloud™ 5G Core solution on AWS. This latest achievement allows Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to focus on delivering innovative services to their customers rather than on the operations of running a data center supporting a next-gen virtualized network.

Affirmed is now able to deliver the world’s most effective, cloud-native 5GC network solution over the proven, robust AWS cloud services. As a result, operators can accelerate innovation and enhance their competitive advantage by delivering advanced services over a scalable 5G Core.

“The arrival of 5G presents operators with a significant opportunity to embrace digital transformation and change how networks are deployed and operated, while also creating new experiences, services, and revenue streams that have the potential to drive business growth,” said Ashwin Moranganti, Affirmed Networks’ Vice president, Product Management and Marketing. “The operators that most effectively capitalize on this opportunity will be those that focus on what they do best. This is why we are seeing interest from innovative operators in leveraging hybrid cloud, as it allows them to accelerate innovation without having to focus on the complexity of data center operations.”

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 CSPs to maintain parallel legacy networks and allows them to quickly create and deploy new consumer, enterprise, and IoT services.

The 5G core running on a trusted hybrid cloud such as AWS represents an ideal solution for operators. By leveraging Affirmed UnityCloud on AWS unique hybrid cloud, CSPs can now easily orchestrate the control and user plane. This allows them to centralize control plane by placing its workload in the AWS regional cloud, and distributing user planes by moving user planes closer to the user at the network or enterprise edge via AWS Outposts. As a result, CSPs gain the best user experience with the highest performance, ultra-low latencies, and lowest possible TCO.

This approach provides CSPs with the flexibility to design and deploy hybrid clouds in a wide variety of on-prem or public cloud-based models.  As a result, CSPs can accelerate innovation by providing developers with the same infrastructure, services, and APIs that will support the service when it is delivered. This enables CSPs to:

  • Build an application once, and deploy via the cloud or on-premises, significantly decreasing the amount of custom software required, increasing developer velocity.
  • Eliminate custom environments that must be deployed, operated, and monitored, reducing operational complexity and risk.
  • Access a vast ecosystem of AWS developers allowing the development of new compelling applications that will help monetize 5G investments.

As such, CSPs are able to reap the benefits of digital transformation by focusing on their core competencies. Operators also benefit from AWS’ global reach that allows them to quickly and easily expand into new markets and geographies to drive revenue growth without increasing complexity.

Affirmed UnityCloud is a web-scale, cloud-native 5G innovation platform that helps CSPs to quickly create and deploy new consumer, enterprise, and IoT services. With UnityCloud, operators can deploy new services in weeks versus months, which allows them to rapidly respond to market demands and compete more effectively. UnityCloud’s true microservice architecture enables automated fine-grained slicing so the solution can be tailored to the disparate needs of individual enterprises, applications, and use cases to support a wide range of new service offerings.

UnityCloud is currently engaged in several trials with tier one operators globally that are building 5G Standalone (SA) networks.

About Affirmed Networks, Inc.

Affirmed Networks was founded to transform the future of the mobile industry. Our vEPC and cloud-based solutions are enabling Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to change the economics of deploying and scaling networks. CSPs have deployed Affirmed’s NFV solutions to deliver differentiated 5G services, including mobile broadband, IoT, carrier-grade Wi-Fi roaming, connected cars, and more. Proven in more than 100+ networks and over 80 countries, our NFV solutions are deployed in the world’s largest networks. For more information, please visit www.affirmednetworks.com.

Affirmed Networks Appoints Anand Krishnamurthy to President and COO

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Member of Company’s Founding Team to Assume Broader Operational Role as the Company Continues to Help Mobile Operators Prepare for 5G

 

ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, September 12, 2019 – Affirmed Networks, the leader in virtualized mobile networks, today announced it has promoted Anand Krishnamurthy to President and Chief Operating Officer, reporting directly to Hassan Ahmed, Affirmed’s Chairman, and CEO. A member of the group that founded Affirmed Networks nine years ago, Anand brings an intimate understanding of the business that will be critical in guiding the company’s growth as it continues to help its 100+ customers prepare for the arrival of 5G.

A 20-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, Anand brings a combination of deep technical and business expertise as the company leads the transformation of mobile networks toward cloud-native architectures that will be the foundation for new 5G services. In his new role, Anand will direct all operational decisions, while driving alignment and cohesion across the functional areas that now report directly to him.

“As one of the founding members of Affirmed Networks, Anand has been key to helping us achieve our current leadership position,” said Hassan Ahmed, Chairman, and CEO, Affirmed Networks. “Having grown our engineering organization from a handful of engineers to one of the most talented in the industry, Anand has a deep understanding of the unique requirements and characteristics of virtualized mobile networks. Throughout his time with us, he has gained an in-depth knowledge of the business, the trust of our customers and the respect of his team. All of this makes him ideally suited for his new role where he will be focused on ensuring continued growth during this critical time for our company and our industry.”

“Since its inception, Affirmed Networks has been on the leading edge of one of the most important transformations our industry has ever seen,” said Anand Krishnamurthy, Affirmed’s President, and COO. “We have been fortunate to have a world-class engineering team with a sharp focus on the needs of our customers as they completely redefine the way services will be delivered over 5G virtualized networks. I look forward to this expanded role, and to driving growth as we continue to support our customers.”

Throughout his career, Anand has held several technical and managerial roles within leading companies in the telecommunications industry including roles at Airvana, Ascend Communications, Cascade Communications, and Lucent Technologies. He holds degrees from the Birla Institute of Science and Technology and from Boston University.

 

About Affirmed Networks, Inc.
Affirmed Networks was founded to transform the future of the mobile industry. Our vEPC and cloud-based webscale solutions enable operators to change the economics of deploying and scaling networks. Operators deploy 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. For more information, please visit www.affirmednetworks.com.

New Research Outlines Significant Savings Delivered by Integrated Virtual 5G Mobile Core Solutions

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TCO Analysis by ACG Research Highlights 80% CapEx and 90% OpEx Savings, with an Integrated Mobile Core when Compared to “Best of Breed” Solutions

 

ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, August 13, 2019 – Affirmed Networks, the leader in virtualized mobile networks, today revealed the findings of a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis by ACG Research that demonstrated the economic advantages that Mobile Network Operators can realize by deploying an integrated, virtual 5G mobile core solution.

The report, Integrated Cloud Core Advantage: A TCO Analysis, provides Mobile Network Operators with an independent financial analysis that compared an integrated 5G virtual Evolved Packet Core solution from Affirmed to a standalone ‘Best of Breed’ multi-vendor solution.  In summary, the Affirmed integrated 5G vEPC solution provides a maximum capital expense (CapEx) savings of up to 81% and maximum operations expense (OpEx) savings of over 94%, generally resulting in CapEx savings of 50% and OpEx savings of 87% over 5 years compared to best-of-breed solutions.  The Affirmed integrated 5G vEPC also provided additional savings in multiple expense categories over a 5-year period as noted in Table 1.

Table 1: Affirmed Integrated 5G vEPC Savings Over Multi-vendor Solution Five-Year Savings (Source: ACG Research)

Expense Category 5-year Savings
Capital Expense (CapEx) 50%
Operational Expense (OpEx) 87%
Network Care 93%
Testing and Certification Operations 95%
Training 94%
Floor Space (reduction) 51%
Power Costs 60%
Cooling Costs 88%

“Operators deploying virtualized mobile core solutions are looking to support both 4G and 5G services and applications,” said Chris Nicoll, Principal Analyst, ACG Research. “While vendors have responded by providing solutions that are cloud-native, the missing link has been the delivery of a truly integrated solution capable of delivering a high-performance and material savings from a CapEx and OpEx perspective.  This study represents an in-depth analysis of the many areas where a truly integrated solution can deliver powerful economic returns when compared to “best of breed” approaches that have been deployed in the first phases of virtualization.”

“As a company, we have continually focused on helping Mobile Operators deploy and scale their networks to meet the requirements of their customers. This study by ACG Research demonstrates the cost advantages that a truly integrated 5G vEPC provides to ensure operators can deliver the services customers require while remaining as competitive and profitable as possible,” said Ashwin Moranganti, Affirmed Networks, Vice President of Product and Marketing.

Methodology: Functions & Use Cases

For the analysis conducted in the report, ACG considered the following network core functions:

  • 5G Mobile Core
  • DPI and GiLAN Services: integrated packet inspection, media, content services: web/video optimization, content filtering, security (e.g., subscriber firewall, NAT).
  • Automated Service Provisioning: configuration management across multi-vendor virtual/physical network elements and network-wide service instances; automates service creation, provisioning, instantiation of network functions; supports standard network element interfaces: SOAP, REST, NETCONF/YANG, and CLI.
  • Intelligent Probe and Analytics: providing real-time network analytics on network performance and user KPI’s.

The report compared the Affirmed Networks virtualized packet core, including the company’s virtual GiLAN stack and its Virtual Probe (vProbe) solution to the multi-vendor-based ‘best of breed’ non-integrated solution. The analysis computed both the ROI and TCO as well as the annual costs over a 5-year period for two use-cases: IoT and Consumer Mobile Broadband connections, looking at both the operations expense (OpEx) and capital expense (CapEx) costs.

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About Affirmed Networks, Inc.
Affirmed Networks was founded to transform the future of the mobile industry. Our vEPC and cloud-based 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. Proven in more than 100+ networks and over 80 countries, our NFV solutions are deployed in the world’s largest networks. For more information, please visit www.affirmednetworks.com.

Affirmed Networks Delivers VMware-Based 5G Mobile Core Solution

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Affirmed and VMware are working together to develop a new reference architecture that allows mobile operators to seamlessly and rapidly deploy 5G services in a webscale, hybrid cloud environment

ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, June 14, 2019—Affirmed Networks, Inc., the leader in virtualized mobile networks announced today that it will deliver the industry’s first 5G Mobile Core solution validated for VMware that enables Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to rapidly deploy 5G services on a multi-cloud infrastructure. As part of this news, VMware was announced as Affirmed’s preferred platform for 5G solutions. The solution includes the VMware vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition and Affirmed Networks suite of virtualized mobile core solutions.

Affirmed Networks, the pioneer of network virtualization, is at the forefront of innovation that automates multi-cloud solutions for MNOs. This reference solution leverages technologies from both companies that enable service providers to rapidly create network services that scale to unprecedented levels of granularity for the enterprise, consumer and IoT network verticals. The reference solution includes the Affirmed virtualized portfolio of solutions running on VMware cloud infrastructure, allowing customized and differentiated services to be created and deployed quickly.

“Operators face the daunting task of both transforming legacy networks to cloud architectures and deploying cloud-native applications, to serve the needs of their customers. VMware’s Telco Cloud platform with Affirmed’s virtualized mobile core solutions delivers a solution that greatly simplifies this transformation,” said Dr. Hassan Ahmed, President, and CEO of Affirmed Networks. “Affirmed Networks is looked to by Mobile Operators as a trusted strategic advisor, leveraging our experience in their transformation journey and, as part of that journey, we note the importance of VMware’s multi-cloud strategy. We will continue to work with select technology leaders to deliver uncompromising, high-quality technology solutions to serve the needs of our customers.”

Affirmed Networks’ virtualized software architecture includes vEPC, Gi (Gateway-internet) value-added services, network slicing, automation, virtual probing, analytics, and assurance. VMware’s Telco Cloud framework combines its NFV infrastructure with other components of its multi-cloud architecture providing robust container orchestration, operations management, security, and service assurance. These capabilities allow service providers to deploy a high performance, predictable telco stack for building and managing their 5G networks.

“Customers are increasingly adopting Affirmed Networks solutions on the VMware Telco Cloud as the foundation of their network modernization and 5G enablement. The two companies have a long-standing relationship, and have helped service providers transition to a virtualized webscale and cloud-native Telco Cloud foundation that can provide uniformity across network and IT,” said Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president, strategy and corporate development and general manager, Telco NFV Group at VMware. “VMware looks forward to working with leading companies like Affirmed to help service providers maximize the benefits of software-defined networking and network functions virtualization and open new business opportunities.”

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

About Affirmed Networks, Inc.
Affirmed Networks was founded to transform the future of the mobile industry. Our vEPC and cloud-based 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. Proven in more than 100+ networks and over 80 countries, our NFV solutions are deployed in the world’s largest networks. For more information, please visit www.affirmednetworks.com.

VMware, vCloud, and vCloud NFV are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions.

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.