Network slicing is fundamental to operators supporting diverse services, each with with specific requirements, on a common network platform. Slicing enables operators to configure virtual network instances, optimized for a specific customer or service, more quickly and at a lower cost. The Affirmed Virtual Slice Selection Function (vSSF) enables fine-grained 5G network slicing across legacy, virtualized and multi-vendor environments.
Automated Network Slicing and Service Assurance
Affirmed’s Network Slicing
Centralized Function to Steer Traffic
vSSF is a centralized function that steers traffic to specific gateways without the need to make configuration changes to other network elements.
Steer Traffic by Criteria or Policy
Traffic can be steered based on a variety of criteria including IMSI, IMEI, location, RAT type or an external policy such as plan type, time-of-day, quote etc.
Reduce Time-to-Market and Operational Costs
Combining the vSSF with other Affirmed innovations, such as the Affirmed Service Automation Platform, operators can rapidly deploy network slices and new revenue-generating services, reducing the time-to-market and operational costs by as much as 90%.
User Level Dynamic Service Control
Provides fine-grained, dynamic service control at the per-user level.
Legacy, Virtualized or Multivendor Environment
vSSF can be deployed in a legacy, virtualized or multivendor environment. Supports both 4G and 5G networks.
“Mobile platform startup Affirmed Networks isn’t waiting for advanced, high-bandwidth 5G mobile networks to exist before it deploys a virtualization technology known as “slicing” — it says that operators want it now.”