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At Mobile World Congress 2018, Affirmed Focuses on What’s Happening Now

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At Mobile World Congress 2018, you’ll hear 5G is the future. For Affirmed, the future is now. This year, Affirmed Networks is showcasing the industry’s first 5G, web-scale mobile core solution that’s field proven and available for deployment now.

Affirmed is proud to be participating again this year at GSMA’s 2018 Mobile World Congress. Affirmed will be in Hall 2, booth #2D50 throughout the event, lasting from February 26 to March 1, 2018.

At booth #2D50, you can expect to see demonstrations that will include Cloud Native, 5G, Control and User Plane Services, Network Slicing, Service Automation, and Virtual Probe and Analytics.

Schedule a meeting with Affirmed Networks and see firsthand, what is happening in the mobile industry now.

Accelerating the 5G Revolution

5G is changing the way communications service providers build their networks, which need to be more flexible, more scalable, more intelligent, and less expensive to operate. As the leader in virtualized mobile networks, Affirmed leads the way in accelerating network transformation to a next-generation virtualized architecture.

The Affirmed Networks’ 5G Mobile Core provides operators the opportunity to offer unique and highly customized service and optimize service delivery to their customers.

At booth #2D50, we will showcase our fully virtualized, cloud-native mobile network platform. Much more than a working concept, we’re showing a complete, proven solution that’s already hard at work in the world’s leading mobile networks: AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, Digicel, and many more. You won’t want to miss it.

Affirmed will also have a presence with many of our technology partners, including VMware, HPE, Tech Mahindra, RedHat, Coriant, and Juniper Networks.

Do 5G Business Cases Depend More on Core or Edge Upgrades?

How can 5G technologies influence the timing and roadmaps of mobile operators globally? On Thursday, March 1st Angela Singhal Whiteford, Affirmed’s Vice President of Marketing and Product Management, will debate the business cases to be built around 5G technologies, and how that can influence the timings and technology roadmap of operators globally.

Whiteford will speak alongside industry experts including Dr. QiBi, President of China Telecom, Hayim Porat, CTO of ECI Telecom, Tommy Bjorkberg, CTO of ZTE, Balazs Bertenyi, Chairman of 3GPP, Alan Carlton, MD & VP for Europe at Interdigital, and Durga Malladi, SVP of Engineering at Qualcomm. Learn more about the debate here.

Schedule a Meeting with Affirmed at Mobile World Congress 2018

At Mobile World Congress 2018, we’ll share a fascinating look at the reality of ‘now’ in the mobile industry.

Want to make 5G a reality now? Meet with us at MWC ’18 at booth #2D50 in Hall 2. Schedule meeting.

For Mobile Network Carriers, Automation Is Key for Innovation

by Angela Whiteford Angela Whiteford No Comments

In the context of a mobile network core, automating the lifecycle management of both new and existing operator services, including designing, deploying, performance measuring, fine tuning, and decommissioning, is a rising tide that will lift all boats. But how fast that tide is coming in is an important topic to unpack, as we did in our conversation with Light Reading.

Services can be a complex mix of multiple functions, both legacy appliance-based functions and virtualized functions. When it comes to innovation, it’s the lack of automation that creates a cultural and structural barrier to driving top-line service revenue growth. Facing intense competition from over-the-top content providers, and with ever-higher service expectations from customers, operators must find ways to provide new revenue-generating services that customers will purchase.

 

Unfortunately, the current process of designing and rolling out a new service is a very manual one. It can take months to deploy a simple gold, silver, or bronze service. Given that the burden is so high to roll out a new service, only the “highest runners” tend to make it to market. This situation stifles innovation and significantly retards revenue generation.

On the other hand, automation allows operators to rapidly create, deploy, measure performance, iterate on services and decommission services (fail fast). The process can move 80% to 90% faster than it does today—while reducing the cost to create these services by 70% or more.

This powers the innovation engine in operators and drives growth. For instance, Affirmed has seen the simple process of onboarding a mobile virtual network operator customer take two months or longer without automation. Automating the process reduced the time to less than one week and cut the cost by 90%.

Automation has become an important driver to support new services such as enterprise offerings, innovative rating plans, and IoT. Edge Computing is an emerging area where virtual network functions are deployed closer to the edge, further driving the demand for automation.

Transitioning to automation will be a gradual evolution (probably a decade-long process, as Dan Jones and others have pointed out), but with highly repetitive tasks being first to evolve, we see a major wave of disruption coming as network processes inevitably become more automated.