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du Selects Affirmed Networks to Power IoT Network for Smart City Deployment

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This week du, the UAE-based telecom operator, announced the launch of their NB-IoT network in the United Arab Emirates, which will leverage Affirmed Networks’ vEPC solution to deliver applications such as smart metering, smart parking, trackers, smart health, industrial and agriculture use cases in the United Arab Emirates.

The solution, which includes best-of-breed solutions from several vendors, utilizes Affirmed Networks’ NB-IoT capabilities which are designed for applications requiring longer battery life and data rates designed for low latency applications.

The project comes after a recent successful demonstration to support water smart metering use cases as part of a broader Smart City use case.  The announcement highlights the capabilities of how standards-based solutions from leading vendors can successfully deliver NB-IoT solutions to serve a wide range of IoT applications as the industry prepares for the widespread connectivity that will accompany the arrival of 5G.

du first announced its work with Affirmed Networks at Mobile World Congress 2018, when the company shared that Affirmed Networks’ NB-IoT solution would be deployed on their fully-virtualized native, cloud, open-stack environment.  At the time du also highlighted they would also be using Affirmed’s Virtualized Mobile Core, which includes a virtualized WiFi Gateway, to deliver VoWiFi and Fixed Wireless services. du’s selection of Affirmed’s 5G-ready solution, equipped with network slicing capabilities, is intended to support du’s vision of a fully virtualized and software defined native cloud core network.

The deployment represents yet another example of how innovative operators like du are leveraging the industry’s latest advances to deliver new, innovative services to subscribers in their region.

According to Momhammed Shanableh, Vice President of Global Sales and Operations of Affirmed Networks: “du has consistently been one of the most innovative telecom operators, which is evidenced by their early adoption of NFV as an enabler for new services, such as IoT, that enterprises are looking for over 5G.”

Affirmed Helps Softbank Deliver IoT Services and Mobile Connectivity to Major Japanese Enterprises

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Affirmed’s Mobile Content Cloud Provides a Cost-Effective, Scalable, Flexible IoT Services Solution

One of our most exciting announcements at MWC 2018 in Barcelona involved our work with Japanese telecommunications service provider Softbank – one of the world’s largest and most innovative service providers. Softbank chose Affirmed Networks’ Mobile Content Cloud to deliver Internet of Things (IoT) services and mobile connectivity to their enterprise customers, which include some of Japan’s most respected enterprise brands.

As the connected world continues to expand, the ability of service providers to grow effectively can be limited by inflexible, legacy networks. Softbank selected Affirmed Networks due to our inherent flexibility and our inherent support for 5G. In addition to enabling the transition to 5G, Affirmed’s ability to deliver integrated analytics, network slicing and service automation for the creation and delivery of value added service were also key factors in their decision.

Softbank provides Japan’s largest enterprises with mobile communication, fixed-line communication and Internet connection services. To meet the burgeoning needs of its customers, the company plans to soon deliver new services such as connected car and smart meter applications that will allow them to better serve their customers and will open lucrative new revenue streams.

In announcing Softbank’s selection, Sadahiro Sato, senior vice president at SoftBank, cited “the proliferation of connected devices and the industry’s shift to virtualized networks” as creating a real opportunity for Softbank to deliver IoT and M2M services to its enterprise customers. “With Affirmed Networks’ proven platform,” Sato said, “we have the flexibility to deliver services tailored to the needs of each enterprise quickly and easily over a common network infrastructure.”