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by Angela Whiteford

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Cloud Native Computing Foundation Surpasses 375 Members

March 12, 2019

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which sustains and integrates open source technologies like Kubernetes and Prometheus, today announced that 59 new members and end user supporters have joined the Foundation, including Booz Allen, Ericsson and SimpleNexus.

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Winners and losers from Mobile World Congress

March 7, 2019

Why are so many people targeting 5G? Well, the industry always loves the next big thing. The GSMA, which runs MWC, believes that 5G connections will reach 1.4 billion by 2025 and that the number of global internet of things connections will triple to 25 billion by 2025, while global IoT revenue will quadruple to $1.1 trillion.

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Takeaways from MWC19: What’s industry collaboration all about?

March 5, 2019

“In our case it’s the collaboration that is the killer app,” says Affirmed Networks’ Amit Tiwari, “so if you think of virtualisation, and now the journey onto cloudification, it’s the ecosystem of committed partners like ourselves that help make real the best practices that come out of the technologies that each one of us creates.”

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5G Will Be the Fabric of Connectivity Around the World, Says Affirmed CEO

March 1, 2019

5G is really going to become the fabric of connectivity around the world, says Affirmed Networks CEO Hassan Ahmed. “The whole world is getting smarter,” he noted. “5G really brings blazingly fast internet access, new entertainment like virtual reality, and massive connectivity in cities to create smart cities. It brings everything from your home security system to the security of entire cities. This is what 5G is about.”

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SDxCentral’s Weekly Roundup

March 1, 2019

Affirmed Networks raised $38 million in a new round of funding led by Centerview Capital Technology. Orange International Carriers selected Affirmed‘s virtualized WiFi gateway service to rollout WiFi data roaming services.

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Flipping the Script on 5G Networking

February 28, 2019

There is something going on with 5G beyond just a next-generation of mobile device wireless standards. 5G represents a coming together of traditionally disparate elements. We will see a convergence of mobile wireless, IoT machine-to-machine communications, domestic ISP, connected automotive, industrial, and a number of other wireless technologies that have historically been in separate silos.

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Affirmed CEO Wants to Own the Core… & More

February 27, 2019

Affirmed Networks, known for building a virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC), is determined not to let itself become a one-hit wonder. Company CEO Hassan Ahmed said Affirmed is expanding its market share in mobile core sales — and its opportunities inside each customer network. “Today Affirmed is a very different company in the sense of, yeah, we do the core, but we also do everything from the radio to the Internet in software,” Ahmed told Light Reading at the company’s booth.

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Intel at MWC 2019: 5G & Edge Computing Remain Focal Points

February 26, 2019

The company introduced the Intel FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card N3000 or Intel FPGA PAC N3000. This solution is aimed at accelerating “virtualized network functions”, including 5G radio access networks (RAN) and other core network-based applications. The solution is currently in sampling with Affirmed Networks and Rakuten, with product delivery scheduled around third-quarter 2019.

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5G brings faster internet access, new entertainment, smart cities

February 25, 2019

VIDEO: Hassan Ahmed, chairman and CEO of Affirmed Networks, discusses the benefits next-generation 5G networks will bring in this CNBC interview at Mobile World Congress 2019.

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Intel Announces Next-Generation Acceleration Card to Deliver 5G

February 25, 2019

Today at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, Intel announced the Intel® FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card N3000 (Intel® FPGA PAC N3000), designed for service providers to enable 5G next-generation core and virtualized radio access network solutions. The Intel FPGA PAC N3000 accelerates many virtualized workloads, ranging from 5G radio access networks to core network applications.

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Mobile-Tech Company Affirmed Networks Raises $38M To Chase 5G Future

February 25, 2019

Affirmed Networks, a mobile systems software company based in Acton, MA, has raised $38 million in a strategic funding round led by Palo Alto-based Centerview Capital Technology to help it expand into more regions around the globe and invest in new products. “Affirmed has disruptive technology, deep domain expertise and a vision of mobile network transformation that no other company has,” Ned Hooper, Centerview Capital Technology partner…

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Intel reveals chips and deals to bolster 5G business at MWC 2019

February 25, 2019

Intel announced new chips and partnerships to bolster revenue from 5G networking business – at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2019). Intel, the world’s second-largest chip maker by revenue behind Samsung, started the wireless data business with its acquisition of German modem maker Infineon in 2011, Reuters reported. Its sole major modem customer is Apple, whose iPhones feature Intel modem chips to connect to mobile data networks.

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Affirmed Networks Raises $38M in Funding

February 25, 2019

Affirmed Networks, an Acton, MA-based virtualized mobile networks company, raised $38m in its latest funding.
This strategic round was led by Centerview Capital Technology with participation from Qualcomm Ventures, Eastward Capital Partners as well as existing investors.

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Silicon Angle
Intel targets 5G network providers with FPGA-based accelerators

February 25, 2019

Intel Corp. is trying to win over 5G wireless service providers that need to handle growing volumes of virtualized workloads. Today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it launched a new field-programmable gate array-based acceleration card called the N3000. The chipmaker said it expects the ongoing rollout of 5G wireless services and a shift toward network functions virtualization will lead to growing demand from networking providers for low-latency FPGAs and the higher bandwidth that 5G provides.

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Intel FPGA Accelerator Targets 5G Rollouts

February 25, 2019

Intel unveiled an FPGA-based programmable acceleration card aimed at 5G wireless service providers handling growing volumes of virtualized workloads. The N3000 acceleration card was rolled out during the first day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The chip maker is betting the ongoing 5G rollout and a shift toward network functions virtualization (NFV) will place a premium…

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Tech Mahindra Launches “netOps.ai” to Accelerate 5G Adoption

February 25, 2019

Tech Mahindra Ltd. announced netOps.ai, its Network Automation and Managed Services Framework based on CI/CD (Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment) principles. Tech Mahindra will conduct the first-ever live demonstration of its netOps.ai framework at Mobile World Congress 2019.

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Affirmed inks deal with Orange for deploying Wi-Fi Gateway

February 25, 2019

Affirmed Networks announced its deal with Orange International Carriers for the deployment of virtualized Wi-Fi Gateway solution to support its Wi-Fi data roaming services. Affirmed’s virtualized Wi-Fi Gateway solution will allow Orange International to connect its 4G / LTE network to both trusted and untrusted Wi-Fi networks. This includes both SIM-based devices (e.g., smartphones), in home networks and standard clearing and settlements services.

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5G Will Be the Fabric of Connectivity Around the World, Says Affirmed CEO

February 25, 2019

5G is really going to become the fabric of connectivity around the world, says Affirmed Networks CEO Hassan Ahmed. “The whole world is getting smarter,” he noted. “5G really brings blazingly fast internet access, new entertainment like virtual reality, and massive connectivity in cities to create smart cities. It brings everything from your home security system to the security of entire cities. This is what 5G is about.”

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Highlights of the MWC 5G Hype Wave

February 25, 2019

BARCELONA — Mobile World Congress 2019 — The 5G marketing hype hit the global industry with full fury here as 100,000+ attendees of the the world’s largest mobile show listened to stories about a range of new business that will be spawned by 5G services ranging from connected robots, telemedicine, and all manners of mixed and virtual realities.

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MWC 2019: Intel Showcases New Products and Partnerships Accelerating the 5G Revolution

February 25, 2019

BARCELONA, Spain– At Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Intel is displaying – through new product announcements, partnerships and innovative customer use cases – how the cloud, devices and edge computing are fueling the network to transform and, in turn, unlock limitless opportunities across 5G.

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du Accelerates 5G-based Smart City Ambitions

February 19, 2019

UAE-based telco du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), along with Nokia, Affirmed Networks and MediaTek have announced the launch of next generation Narrow Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in the United Arab Emirates. As part of this collaboration, du, Nokia, Affirmed Networks and MediaTek recently successfully demonstrated an electricity and water smart metering use case and its associated benefits.

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Du launches NB-IoT services with Nokia, MediaTek, Affirmed Networks

February 19, 2019

UAE operator Du, along with Nokia, Affirmed Networks and MediaTek, announced the launch of the operator’s NB-IoT network in the United Arab Emirates, based on the latest 3GPP Release 14 standard. The NB-IoT network will leverage the purpose-built IoT platform built by Du to enable devices to deliver applications such as smart metering, smart parking, trackers, smart health, industrial and agriculture use cases.

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du accelerates UAE’s smart city ambitions

February 19, 2019

UAE-based telco du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), has announced the launch of next generation Narrow Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in the the country based on the latest 3GPP Release 14 standard. The next-gen NB-IOT was developed along with Nokia, Affirmed Networks and MediaTek. The NB-IoT will leverage the purpose-built IoT platform built by du, to enable devices to deliver a wealth of smart city applications ranging from smart metering, smart parking, trackers, smart health, industrial and agriculture use cases.

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Turkcell Launches Largest Virtualized Mobile Network In EMEA Region

February 7, 2019

Turkish operator Turkcell and vendor partners Affirmed Networks and Red Hat deployed what they claim is the largest commercial virtualized mobile network in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), supporting 35 million subscribers with a volume of 1.8 terabits per second. Turkcell has now virtualized 18 percent of its voice and data services capacity on its telco cloud and is on track to reach 40 percent by the end of the year. Red Hat Consulting helped design Turkcell’s Unified Telco Cloud, while Affirmed acted as the main systems integrator.

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Red Hat gives thanks for Turkcell virtualization win

February 6, 2019

Turkish operator Turkcell has launched a virtualization platform called Unified Telco Cloud that’s based on Red Hat’s OpenStack Platform. As the name implies this new platform is all about centralising all its services onto a single virtualized infrastructure. This NFVi then allows east selection and implementation of virtual network functions, or so the story goes. Examples of operators going all-in on this stuff are still sufficiently rare for this to be noteworthy.

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Turkcell and Affirmed Networks launch 1.8Tbps virtualised network

February 6, 2019

Turkcell and Affirmed Networks, a provider of virtualised mobile networks, have deployed one of the largest virtualised mobile networks in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. The network currently supports more than 35 million mobile broadband subscribers and is capable of supporting up to 1.8Tbps of customer traffic across the region.

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Turkcell Races to Network Virtualization Deadline

February 6, 2019

The Turkish service provider is building Unified Telco Cloud, a centralized network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVi). The platform will allow Turkcell to implement its choice of virtual network functions (VNFs) quickly and flexibly scale resources as needed to modernize existing services and roll out new ones as needed, according to a statement from vendor Red Hat on Wednesday.

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Turkcell reaps benefits of virtualized network thanks to Affirmed Networks, Red Hat

February 6, 2019

Turkcell and Affirmed Networks announced they have just deployed one of the largest virtualized mobile networks in the EMEA region, supporting more than 35 million mobile broadband subscribers and carrying over a terabit per second of customer traffic across the region.

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Affirmed Networks deploys commercial virtualised network for Turkcell

February 6, 2019

Affirmed Networks jointly deployed with Turkcell what it calls one of the largest virtualised 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. Affirmed Networks was selected by Turkcell in February 2018 as a partner providing virtualised network infrastructure for the operator’s network transformation initiative designed to streamline costs and drive revenue growth.

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Turkcell Catalyzes Digital Services Innovation Through its Unified Telco Cloud on Red Hat OpenStack Platform

February 6, 2019

ISTANBUL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Turkcell has built a centralized virtualization infrastructure (NFVi), named its Unified Telco Cloud, on Red Hat OpenStack Platform to unify its services on a single cloud, supported by Red Hat Ceph Storage.

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Turkcell Catalyzes Digital Services Innovation Through its Unified Telco Cloud on Red Hat OpenStack Platform

February 6, 2019

Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Turkcell has built a centralized virtualization infrastructure (NFVi), named its Unified Telco Cloud, on Red Hat OpenStack Platform to unify its services on a single cloud, supported by Red Hat Ceph Storage. With this open foundation, Turkcell can implement its choice of virtual network functions (VNFs) faster and is able to more flexibly scale resources as needed.

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Affirmed Networks details support of Turkcell’s virtualized network deployment

February 6, 2019

Turkcell said it is delivering new services at least three months faster than it could with its legacy infrastructure. Affirmed Networks is offering some insights into how it helped Turkish mobile network operator Turkcell with the rapid deployment of one of the largest commercial network virtualization projects in the region.

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Turkcell takes covers off impressive ‘next gen’ virtualisation

February 6, 2019

Turkcell, with more than 35 million subscribers and 99 per cent population coverage in Turkey, is a leading mobile operator in Turkey and the region. It is majoring on digital services development and has formulated software-defined operational models to get it there. It plans to have 40 per cent of its services virtualized and running on a flexible cloud infrastructure by the end of this year.

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Ukraine’s lifecell Completes the First Phase of NB-IoT Network Deployment in 1800 MHz Band

January 11, 2019

lifecell, the third largest Ukrainian mobile operator has started to deploy NB-IoT network for smart devices of PJSC “Kyivgas” which will remotely record the readings of gas meters. The project has been implemented with the support of Ericsson, Odine Solutions and Affirmed Networks.

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Datacenter Dynamics
Fully automated luxury space networking

January 11, 2019

Over the next few years, telecommunications networks will have to scale up – and it could be the defining moment for open source software. Since the days of Samuel Morse, the pace of technological progress has been intrinsically linked to the amount of information that can be sent down a piece of wire. More information means better decisions, faster innovation, and increased convenience.

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The Mobile Network Is Becoming a Cloud Service

September 18, 2018

At Mobile World Congress Americas, the cloud and 5G loomed large and, frequently, were part of the same story. One example: Affirmed Networks Inc. announced a “Mobile Network as a Service” offering, wherein it made its virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) available to mobile operators on Amazon Web Services Inc.

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Affirmed Puts Virtual EPC in the Clouds

September 12, 2018

The mobile network is getting increasingly cloudified in the run-up to 5G deployment. Affirmed Networks has launched what it claims to be the first mobile network as a service offering for Amazon Web Services (AWS). The Acton, Mass.-based private company is virtualizing mobile infrastructure in the cloud for operators that want to role out new mobile services for applications such as Internet of Things (IoT), connected cars, and other communications products.

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