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Solution Brief

Affirmed Service Automation Platform (ASAP)

The Challenge

The majority of mobile network operators (MNOs) today address service provisioning and element configuration through a mix of manual processes and “spot” automation tools. This approach is time consuming and error prone, resulting in delayed market entry and frequent customer service issues. Instead of end-to-end service automation and orchestration, MNOs struggle to manage networks featuring products from multiple vendors—and often multiple product versions from the same vendor. This multiplicity doesn’t lend itself to simplicity, requiring network operations teams to individually configure services for each specific device and device version. As a result, MNOs experience significant delays when attempting to roll out new services, deploy new networks or onboard new customers.

ASAP: It’s About Time

Think about the time your network operations team spends defining and provisioning new services, configuring elements, managing updates and testing new services. Now imagine being able to automate those processes to shave weeks from your production cycle. That’s the power of ASAP: a network-wide service automation and orchestration platform that radically simplifies service creation, service provisioning and the turn-up of new virtual network function (VNF) instances in your network.

Instead of controlling just a subset of network devices, ASAP provides broad service automation and orchestration across a wide range of standard network element interfaces including SOAP, REST, NETCONF/YANG and CLI. The ASAP solution enables non-programmers to quickly create service templates or recipes from existing methods of procedure (MOPs) and execute those recipes across the entire network, providing a complete solution for service lifecycle management.

“Mobile Network Operators are struggling to compete with agile web companies. Being able to launch, modify, and kill services in a matter of days, rather than months or years is crucial to capture consumers’ and enterprises’ business,” said Patrick Lopez, Founder and CEO of Core Analysis. “Current network architectures simply do not allow fast services provisioning and roll out. An automated service creation environment that can lift legacy networks to the cloud’s levels of agility and elasticity can be a game changer.” Read More...