Today, it’s not a question of “if” but “when” will an operator adopt a cloud based architecture for their mobile networks. It’s happening now, and the coming arrival of 5G, which is based on a virtualized architecture, assures the continuation of this trend.
But, it wasn’t always such a concrete fact.
Rewind the clock back just four to five years and there was significant debate whether a virtualized network could deliver the scale and performance of traditional hardware-based networks.
Well, wouldn’t you know, we proved that they could with the ability to achieve performance gains of as much as 10X over legacy architectures.
So, we were essentially able to get rid of those big, expensive, refrigerator-sized routers, and replace them with commercially-off the shelf (COTS) servers loaded with software capable of handling all the network functions previously performed by hardware. Pretty cool.
The next big question now became, “can we eliminate the capital costs of those servers sitting in the Telco data centers and push them outside of the walls of the organization?”
Well, we are here to tell you “Yes!”
In case you missed it, last week we announced that Affirmed Networks’ industry-leading vEPC is now available through Amazon Web Services, one of the most proven and reliable cloud platforms. Becoming the industry’s first First “Mobile Network as Service” offering, it represents a cloud-based service enabling rapid, and economical deployment of 4G and 5G services. This new offering delivers unprecedented network flexibility and provides a significant reduction in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), providing operators with the ability to enter new markets (and acquire new subscribers) in an extremely low-cost, “pay as you go” manner.
In addition to geographical expansion, we are seeing many of our customers excited about the ability of this model to help them deliver differentiated services – such as IoT/M2M, enterprise data, MVNO wholesale and 5G — without having to make additional capital investments in infrastructure.
We share the enthusiasm of our customers around this sift, and believe it represents a game-changer that will drive more innovation, growth, and opportunities across the industry. So, stay tuned, because if there is one certainty, it’s that innovation is constant and there are exciting days ahead.