At Affirmed Networks, we know you, mobile operators, want to successfully transition your network (and business) to 5G and ultimately become a 5G leader. In order to do that, you need a 5G mobile network that works with you and for you – a network you completely control. The problem is that today you don’t control your network, your legacy hardware network vendor does, and this makes you feel frustrated since you don’t feel you control your own destiny. We believe that 5G represents a huge opportunity and that to effectively compete and succeed in 5G, you need to be in complete control of your network. We understand the complexity and risks of transitioning your network to 5G since we have the most extensive experience virtualizing networks including over 100 deployments. We’ve leveraged all of our learnings and experience over the past eight years to build Affirmed UnityCloud. Affirmed UnityCloud gets you ready for 5G. It puts you in complete control, so you can stop feeling frustrated about not controlling your own destiny and instead start becoming a leader in 5G innovation.
Affirmed UnityCloud is a true cloud-native 5G platform that allows you to:
- Innovate Faster with an Innovation platform that allow services to be quickly deployed in days/weeks vs. months
- Build Once Deploy Anywhere from core to edge on public, private or hybrid clouds
- Converge All Networks including 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G (NSA/SA) and wireline on a single platform
Microservices is what enables you to innovate faster and is also a key component of cloud-native architectures. We didn’t take the same path as other mobile core vendors by simply lifting monolithic software out of legacy hardware platforms and shifting it into virtual machines and containers, calling it ‘cloud-native’. We call this ‘cloud-washing’. In fact, we don’t have a legacy hardware platform. This frees us to go ‘all-in’ on virtualization because we don’t have billions of revenues to protect with old legacy technology. Because of this, we’ve natively built all services, including the 5G services, from the ground up for the cloud. This gives you the ability to scale services up or down as needed to serve any sized market. In addition, all UnityCloud microservices are autonomously released – every microservice has its own separate release cadence. This is critical to ensure you have the most agile platform to compete in the 5G era.
In addition, we added something we believe is critical to the future of your success: openness. UnityCloud embraces open-source technology, because the next great idea in 5G won’t come from a single vendor, but from many working together. That’s why our cloud-native platform includes a PaaS layer that supports the best in open-sourced technology today: Kubernetes, Helm, Istio, Envoy, Jaeger and many other technologies. Using the UnityCloud open-source APIs allows mobile operators to bring more ideas into the mix and share the network across many applications so it’s easier and quicker to deploy new services. You are not dependent on one vendor; you are free to use as many as you need to build the services you want – you control your network.
And these services can run anywhere in the network – from core to edge on public, private and hybrid clouds. This provides you with the ultimate flexibility to run services where it makes the most sense. High bandwidth and/or low latency sensitive services can be run at the network location that will ensure the required performance – closer to the customer or even at the customer premise. Other services might be best deployed in the cloud. Affirmed UnityCloud gives you the flexibility to deploy services anywhere in the network.
Affirmed UnityCloud enables network operators to unify 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G services as well as fixed services onto a single, simple, flexible and powerful standalone 5G core (5GC) platform. And if that sounds like music to your ears, it should: UnityCloud is a game-changer, providing you—once and for all—with a clear path to 5G and puts you back in control of your network and your own destiny.