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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.”

“Can-du:” Affirmed Provides Virtualized Mobile Core Network to Innovative UAE Telecom Service Provider

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At MWC 2018 in Barcelona, Affirmed Networks was proud to announce our selection by du, a UAE-based telecommunications service provider from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC).  du has us to provide an industry-leading 3GPP core network based on our Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) mobile core, enabling a wide range of smart city use cases.

As Mohammed Shanableh, co-founder of Affirmed, puts it, “It’s not just a tactical point solution. Du wanted a software-based model for the end-to-end service, not just the core. They didn’t think only about an IOT vertical. The model applies to different traffic types, so they are building for the future. Smart cities is the trigger point to start the activity, but they’ve thought about the intelligence in software, subscriber management, all the things around the sensors and devices, and all verticals.”

Selecting Affirmed for “Softwarization”
“Can-du:” Affirmed Provides Virtualized Mobile Core Network to Innovative UAE Telecom Service Provider

Saleem AlBlooshi, Chief Infrastructure Officer, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company/du, and Mohammed Shanableh, Affirmed Networks’ Vice President, Global Operations, formalize a partnership between the two companies at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona.

du’s Chief Infrastructure Officer, Salim Al Balooshi, shared his sentiments regarding their selection of Affirmed during a recent interview in Barcelona. “We selected Affirmed for the ‘softwarization’ of the infrastructure because they align with our goals of efficiency and time-to-market. 5G is about ultra-high speed, ultra-low latency and connected devices and IOT. It is use-case based. Smart Cities is an important pillar in making Dubai customers’ lives easier and helping them interact with the government in the simplest way.”

du is the platform provider for Smart Dubai and has many UAE firsts to its credit, including introduction of Pay by the Second® billing system, IPTV and self-service portal. The award-winning telecommunications service provider serves 9 million individual customers and over 100,000 UAE businesses with mobile, fixed line, broadband internet, and Home services over its 4G LTE network.

The operator will use Affirmed Networks’ NB-IoT solution on its fully virtualized native cloud open-stack environment and Affirmed’s Virtualized Mobile Core and virtualized WiFi Gateway to deliver VoWiFi and fixed wireless services as part of a innovative deployment strategy that allows them to leverage capabilities such as network slicing as part of a fully virtualized, software defined native cloud core network that prepares them to elegantly move to 5G.

Helping Carriers Move to 5G

Affirmed’s Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is a software-based platform running on standard multi-core hardware, allowing telecom operators to move towards 5G.

According to Al Balooshi:”Adopting Affirmed Networks ensures we have a 5G-ready core network with slicing to serve enterprise as well as consumer use cases. The cooperation in 5G and IoT development is essential to realize UAE leaders’ vision to build the smartest city and to be on top of the technological evolution.”

By embracing new technologies such as NB-IoT, VoWiFi and Fixed LTE, du is now able to add new revenue generating services while achieving better network utilization and improving customer quality of experience.  The Affirmed team looks forward to continuing our work with du as they transform their network toward 5G.

Affirmed Networks currently has more than 78 customers around the world, who, like du see software based networks as being critical to efficiently delivering a host of new services as the industry moves to 5G.

View the Fierce Wireless interview: Affirmed Networks and Du discuss 5G, Smart Cities.