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Instead of waiting for 5G Services, Monetize now on the TCO savings from an Integrated Mobile Core

by Anudha Sawarkar Anudha Sawarkar No Comments

The arrival of 5G can feel a bit like Waiting for Godot sometimes. Is it here already? Is it coming soon? Did it ever really exist at all?

Of course, 5G is real, as are the promises of new mobile experiences and the increased revenue opportunities they represent. But it may be years before mobile service providers see any of that revenue, according to industry analysts. One popular report conducted by Intel and Ovum pegs the tipping point for 5G revenue at 2025, more than five years away. So does this mean service providers that are already touting 5G capabilities aren’t making any money on 5G yet? Not necessarily.

It’s true that revenues from services such as virtual reality and self-driving cars are still down the road. Whether 5G network transformation drives 5G services, or vice versa, remains a chicken-egg conundrum that seems to be divided along geographical lines. In areas such as North America and Europe, many service providers have already begun their 5G transformations. In other regions, such as the Middle East and Africa, service providers have adopted more of a wait-and-see approach.

A new report from ACG Research and Affirmed suggests that service providers waiting for 5G services are missing a big opportunity to save money and generate new services revenue right now. Titled “The Integrated Cloud Core Advantage: A TCO Analysis,” the report finds that service providers can save millions of dollars—as much as 71.6 percent of their network’s total cost-of-ownership—by moving to an integrated 4G/5G mobile core solution. The report also reveals TCO reduction strategies that service providers can take to dramatically reduce the time it takes to create, deploy and decommission new consumer and enterprise services. Reducing from months to days with an integrated mobile core platform can open up new opportunities for innovation and revenue over the next five years.

In the report, ACG outlines what service providers can do today to monetize their 5G transformation:

  • Lower network costs through virtualization and common off-the-shelf hardware components;
  • Increase scalability and server performance, up to 125 Gbps today with the ability to support 400 Gbps in a few years;
  • Handle traffic more efficiently by reducing the number of packet “touches” to one;
  • Automate manual processes such as service provisioning.

Achieving those goals with a standalone mobile core platform—even one that uses “best of breed” components—is virtually impossible, and one of the main reasons why many service providers have not realized significant savings from their virtualization efforts to date. ACG suggests the problem doesn’t lie in virtualization itself, but in the inherent complexity of multivendor systems. ACG found that service providers could realize significant savings of up to 81% in capital expenses (CapEx) and over 94% in Operational expenses (OpEx) by moving to the Affirmed integrated mobile core model.

The important caveat here is that moving to the Affirmed mobile core platform is also a move to 5G, because the Affirmed components morph seamlessly from a 4G to 5G architecture by design. In other words, you don’t need to wait for 5G revenues to arrive to build your 5G network. You can build it today using Affirmed’s platform, pay for that transformation by reducing network costs and rapidly creating new services, and be in a perfect position to capitalize on “big” 5G opportunities such as IoT applications and virtual reality when they arrive, because these capabilities to support services like network slicing, mobile edge computing are already part of the Affirmed platform today.

So, what are you waiting for? To learn how Affirmed can power your revenue growth to 2025 (and beyond), download the free TCO report.

Affirmed & Red Hat Power Turkcell’s Network Transformation: Deployment Represents one of the Largest Virtualized Networks in EMEA Region

by Scott Heinlein Scott Heinlein No Comments

Today, Affirmed announced a significant deployment milestone with Turkcell that represents one of the largest virtualized network deployments in the EMEA region.  Supporting more than 35 million subscribers across Turkcell’s network, the deployment is currently supporting more than 1 Terabit per second of traffic (Tbps), with the capability to support as much as 1.8 Tbps as the deployment continues to scale to support customers in the region.

Just over a year ago, we were selected by Turkcell as a critical partner chartered with supporting the operator’s network transformation.  Since then, we have quickly moved from trial to deployment, putting in place a next-generation mobile architecture that will allow them to quickly realize cost savings and service agility.

Working together with our partner, Red Hat, we have helped Turkcell complete its “Unified Telco Cloud” platform which is powered by our vEPC solution running on the Red Hat OpenStack Platform, delivering a carrier-grade infrastructure framework for building hybrid clouds and delivering new services.  We are also providing Turkcell with our GiLAN solution and providing the operator with a wide variety of services including data optimization, CGN, DPI, and control plane services that include VoLTE, PCRF, and AAA.

Turkcell believes that this network has dramatically improved their ability to deliver new services more efficiently than ever before, reducing the time-to-market by as much as three months over their legacy approach.  They are also pleased to receive CapEx reductions, reducing the overall cost of their network, and improving their competitive advantage.

We are incredibly honored to have been selected by Turkcell, who continues to prove itself as one of the most innovative Communications Service Providers in the world.  The success of the deployment is the result of a true partnership between Turkcell, Red Hat and Affirmed who worked as one to ensure the operator’s strategic network transformation was a success.

To date, Affirmed Networks has more than 90 customers across five continents, including some of the world’s largest and most innovative operators.

More information related to this deployment is available below:

Affirmed Networks’ 5G EPC Receives Top Ratings by GlobalData

by Affirmed Affirmed No Comments

We are pleased to announce that, in a research report released this week by analyst firm GlobalData, Affirmed Networks’ 5G vEPC received an overall rating of “very strong.”  Authored by lead analyst, Glen Hunt, the report evaluated Affirmed Networks’ capabilities and offerings across several categories, including: Technology, Go-to-Market, Market Momentum, and Service and Support.

The research effort, which evaluated several market participants independently, lauded Affirmed Networks’ solutions and capabilities across several areas.  Specifically, their recognition praised Affirmed Networks’ market traction with Tier One operators, its cloud-native architecture, which has delivered industry’s leading performance, and the integrated Gi-LAN services and virtual probe capabilities that are part of the solution. The report also cited Affirmed Networks’ continual innovation, specifically in the areas of automation and network slicing that allow operators to address challenges and embrace new service opportunities. The report also acknowledged Affirmed’s “network as a service” model that effectively eliminates “large investments in infrastructure.”

Of the many areas of positive analysis, the report gave Affirmed Networks credit for making “significant inroads with multiple mobile operators, both large and small” and for its innovation that allows the company to deliver the “performance, operational efficiency, and agile mobile core services.”

We are honored to be analyzed so favorably by GlobalData and look forward to extending upon all of our areas of strength in the new year as we continue to help mobile network operators to transform their networks in preparation for 5G.