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Affirmed Networks Joins Linux Foundation Networking Fund

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Affirmed Networks is pleased to announce that we have joined the Linux Foundation Networking Fund, an organization focused on facilitating collaboration and operational excellence across the open networking projects, such as ONAP and OPNFV, that are important to our customers as they continue to transform their networks.

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation provides tools, training, and events to scale any open source project. The Linux Foundation has become a true force in the industry, attracting the top developers as part of an ecosystem focused on accelerating open technology development and industry adoption.

In our view, open source technologies are critical to driving innovation across the entire ecosystem.  We are honored to join the other leading companies that are already part of the Linux Foundation, as members, we look forward to contributing to the advancement of open source technologies to ensure the community remains at the forefront of innovation as the industry continues its transformation to cloud-based architectures that will support 5G.

The LFN community will come together on September 25-27, 2018 in Amsterdam for Open Networking Summit Europe, the industry’s premier open networking event, gathering enterprises, service providers and cloud providers across the ecosystem to share learnings, highlight innovation and discuss the future of Open Source Networking, including SDN, NFV, orchestration and the automation of cloud, edge, network, and IoT services.

More information on the Linux Foundation can be found here.

Affirmed Networks’ Chairman and CEO Named Finalist for Light Reading Hall of Fame Award

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Affirmed Networks’ founder, Chairman and CEO, Hassan Ahmed, was named as a finalist as part of Light Reading’s 2018 Leading Lights Awards in the category of “Hall of Fame.”  Seeking to recognize individuals for their “remarkable contributions” to the telecommunications industry, the Light Reading Hall of Fame award will be awarded at the upcoming Big Communications Event (BCE) taking place in May in Austin, Texas.

The selection of Hassan as a candidate for this award, speaks to the credibility of the award and the types of individuals also being considered.  Throughout his career, Hassan has consistently demonstrated an ability to identify and capitalize on opportunities for market disruption.

A Stanford PhD in Electrical Engineering, Hassan has been either a CEO or a senior executive in three companies that achieved significant success disrupting incumbent providers and standard operating procedure.  He served as CTO of Cascade Communications, a pioneer in the ATM switching market, who’s equipment carried an estimated 70% of the world’s Internet traffic during the mid 90s.

In 1996, Hassan was part of the leadership team at Sonus Networks, a company focused on enabling the transformation of telephony to IP, which proved to be a disruptive force to the market.  Hassan served as Chairman and CEO of Sonus Networks for 10 years growing it from an idea into a publicly traded company with a peak market value of $15.4 billion.

In 2010, Hassan identified another opportunity for disrupting the way networks are built that resulted in his founding of Affirmed Networks.  One of the first companies to understand that traditional carrier cost structures were unsustainable, Affirmed Networks has led the transition away from costly, inflexible hardware-based networks to more agile, virtualized, software-based architectures. Affirmed has more than 78 customers, including some of the world’s largest networks such as AT&T, Vodafone, Etisalat, Telus, and many others.

Prior to starting Affirmed Networks, Hassan worked as a Senior Advisor at Charles River Ventures.  He is a guest lecturer at MIT, Hassan also serves on the board of many successful technology companies and is on the board of overseers at Boston’s Museum of Science.

We would like to thank Light Reading for their recognition of Hassan’s achievements and to also congratulate the other distinguished individuals being considered for this prestigious award.

Affirmed Networks Named Finalist in Light Reading’s Leading Lights Award Program

by Angela Whiteford Angela Whiteford No Comments

We are pleased to have been named as a finalist in this year’s “Leading Lights” awards program run by Light Reading, one of the industry’s most-respected sources of news and analysis.

By being among the finalists in the category “Most Innovative NFV Product Strategy”, Affirmed Networks is being recognized for the successful launch of its 5G Mobile Core solution. Introduced in February 2018, Affirmed’s 5G Mobile Core became the first-commercially deployed 5G solution with trials with Tier 1 operators in North America and the Middle East.

The Affirmed Networks’ 5G Mobile Core, built on a web-scale architecture enabling rapid creation of new services and unlimited scale, delivers unrivaled capabilities including:

  • Support for 5G New Radio (NR), the new global 5G radio standard that provides major performance, cost and efficiency improvements over previous wireless technologies
  • New industry benchmark for network performance delivering over 150 Gbps throughput on a single Intel ® Xeon ® server
  • A cloud native microservices architecture
  • Automated service provisioning across legacy, virtualized and multi-vendor environments with Affirmed Service Automation Platform (ASAP)
  • Fine grained network slicing with the Affirmed Virtual Slice Selection Function (vSSF)
  • Integrated virtual probes providing real time intelligence and service assurance with Affirmed Networks’ vProbe and Analytics solution
  • A distributed architecture (CUPS) to support high bandwidth low latency applications and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC)
  • Multi-access support – Cellular, WiFi, Fixed Line

The winners across all of the award categories will be revealed during the opening event of Light Reading’s Big Communications Event, Monday, May 14 at Brazos Hall in Austin, Texas.

We are incredibly honored to be recognized for the hard work of our entire team as we continue to help our global customers stay competitive in the explosive mobile data market, while also preparing for the arrival of 5G. We would like to congratulate the other finalists in our category for the impressive contributions they are making for the good of our industry.

See y’all in Texas!

For Mobile Network Carriers, Automation Is Key for Innovation

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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.