Affirmed Networks

Affirmed Networks’ virtual evolved packet core (vEPC) solution offers mobile network operators the agility and flexibility necessary to keep up with traffic demand, to scale their networks and deliver differentiated services tailored to specific use cases such as: Consumer, IoT, private LTE, Wi-Fi, GiLAN, VoLTE, CUPs, fixed wireless, edge compute and 5G services. Affirmed Networks is recognized as a leading vEPC vendor.

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Core2Africa Value Proposition

Core2Africa has been an Affirmed Networks partner since 2020, and works closely with Affirmed Networks in delivering solutions to a variety of customers in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

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SNAP Matrix

Affirmed Networks fits into all five pillars of the Core2Africa SNAAP Matrix, namely Subscriber, Networks, Analytics, Automation and Protection, aligning with the challenges that have arisen within the service provider environment, including:
• Network Performance and Dimensioning
• Visibility & Understanding of Subscriber Behaviour, Network Behaviour and Service Behaviour
• Quality of Service
• Price Compression
• Service Commoditisation
• Reduced Barriers to Entry for New Competitors
• Security
• Revenue Leakage

In line with these challenges Core2Africa has developed a structured approach to best manage them: S-N-A-A-P

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Core2Africa Product Focus

Core2Africa promotes, sells and implements Affirmed Networks hardware, solutions, and services. All implementations are conducted using Core2Africa Professional Services, following a Structured 7-Step End-to-End Approach, and supported by Core2Africa Maintenance & Support Services. 

Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC)

Affirmed Networks’ virtual evolved packet core (vEPC) solution offers mobile network operators the agility and flexibility necessary to keep up with traffic demand, to scale their networks and deliver differentiated services tailored to specific use cases such as: Consumer, IoT, private LTE, Wi-Fi, GiLAN, VoLTE, CUPs, fixed wireless, edge compute and 5G services. Affirmed Networks is recognized as a leading vEPC vendor.

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Affirmed Cloud Edge – Mobile Edge Computing

The Affirmed Cloud Edge (ACE) solution for mobile edge computing (MEC) offers Communication Service Providers (CSPs) and Enterprises the ability to host applications and keep data local on the customers’ premise to minimize latency and maximize efficiency. Affirmed’s MEC solution can be deployed and utilized at the edge of the mobile operator’s network or used as part of the Cloud Edge offerings from AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud.

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End-to-End IoT Mobile Solutions

IoT is transforming the communications landscape. Affirmed Networks delivers an end-to-end solution which includes: virtualized connectivity (LTE-M, NB-IoT (Narrowband), SCEF), an IoT Service Platform, and IoT Integration Services. Built on an open architecture, the solution empowers mobile operators to profitably deliver IoT services while providing the flexibility to adapt to changing requirements as the IoT market evolves.

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Virtualized DPI, GiLAN, Analytics & Security Solution

Affirmed Content and Security Services:
Affirmed’s Virtualized Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and GiLAN solution allows mobile operators to quickly and easily build new services from a broad library of security, optimization, routing and other network functions. The Affirmed vDPI and GiLAN Services Solution combines Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), a rich portfolio of GiLAN services, service orchestration & automation and real-time analytics into a powerful solution that helps carriers rapidly create, launch and update new services.

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Affirmed UnityCloud

Affirmed UnityCloud™ is a 5G core, cloud-native solution built on an open, webscale architecture that enables mobile operators to build the most innovative 5G core network, and dramatically reduce the costs of operating the network up to 90% by simplifying and automating network functions. UnityCloud converges “Any G” core, including 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G networks, and wireline core, onto one unified platform, greatly simplifying the overall network architecture.

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Virtual Probe & Analytics for Mobile Network Providers

Mobile network operators understand the value of network intelligence to drive business decisions and improve the customer experience. Affirmed Networks delivers the industry’s only virtual probe that embeds probe/packet brokering functions into its Virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) rather than delivering as a separate network appliance. Operators can dramatically reduce hardware costs, network complexity and the performance issues typically associated with appliance-based probe solutions while providing real-time network intelligence and probe geographically distributed VNF’s in a scalable, cost-effective manner, reducing current probing costs by as much as 50 percent.

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Network Slicing

Network slicing is fundamental to operators supporting diverse services, each with specific requirements, on a common network platform. Slicing enables operators to configure virtual network instances, optimized for a specific customer or service, more quickly and at a lower cost. The Affirmed Virtual Slice Selection Function (vSSF) enables fine-grained 5G network slicing across legacy, virtualized and multi-vendor environments.

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Virtualized WiFi Gateway Solution: ePDG and TWAG

Improve network coverage with a virtualized Wi-Fi featuring TWAG and ePDG. Affirmed Networks’ Wi-Fi Gateway solution offers Evolved Packet Data Gateway (ePDG) and Trusted Wi-Fi Access Gateway (TWAG) functionality enabling virtualized Wi-Fi access, more revenue opportunities and a better subscriber experience with a seamlessly integrated, fully virtualized, and uniquely engineered solution to deliver the highest levels of performance. The combination of Wi-Fi with cellular services on a single platform allows operators unified RAN (Radio Access Network) access for mobile services and allows fixed and mobile operators to expand their network coverage, add new services, such as Wi-Fi calling (VoWiFi), and improve the overall consumer experience.

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Affirmed Networks Updates and News

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2020.04.02 – Core2Africa Appointed as Affirmed Networks Partner: Core2Africa Networks has been appointed as an Affirmed Networks partner..

NOTE: These product updates include ONLY those products sold and supported by Core2Africa.

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Affirmed Networks virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) benchmarks with 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

A virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) enables Communication Service Providers to reduce cost by moving core network components of the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network from high-cost dedicated hardware to low-cost commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers. This document illustrates the high performance of the Affirmed Networks virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) solution on 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8280L processors (formerly codenamed Cascade Lake). The test results achieved a throughput of up to 168 Gbps and a packet rate of up to 29 Mpps on dual-socket servers powered by these Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8280L processors, using Intel® XXV710 25G NICs.

An “Open” Approach to Building 5G Networks

How to Build 5G Networks and transform your Business by Combining Telco-Grade Features with High-Performance Cloud-Native Architectures and Open-Source Technology

Get Ready for a World of Change: 5G isn’t just about redesigning your network around a new set of architectural standards. It’s about rethinking the way you deliver services. In other words, it’s as much a business transformation as a network transformation.

With many 5G opportunities on the horizon, communications service providers (CSPs) need to mimic web-scale companies that are cloud-native and therefore born into a world of efficiency, scalability, and agility. Web-scale companies leverage cloud-based architectures for a competitive advantage and place a premium on open-source systems that allow rapid innovation, integration, and collaboration.

To compete effectively, CSPs also need to adopt open-source, cloud-native strategies as part of their next-gen transformation. However, CSPs are different from web-scale companies and face different cost constraints because, unlike their over-the-top (OTT) competitors, CSPs still need to provide “Telco-grade” services that have higher availability and regulatory concerns.

5G Service Velocity & the Distributed Cloud

A Services-Driven Network Architecture: Service provider networks are on the verge of significant and lasting change. Leading operators have started to re-architect their networks for the services that will underpin their commercial success in the 5G era. Driven by performance (especially latency) and scalability demands, these operators are distributing cloud infrastructure to network edge locations to enable rapid deployment of advanced network services. Around the world, fast-followers are racing to understand how these interrelated themes of distributed cloud and “service velocity” can apply to their networks.

Affirmed Service Automation Platform (ASAP)

The majority of mobile network operators (MNOs) today address service provisioning and element configuration through a mix of manual processes and “spot” automation tools. This approach is time consuming and error prone, resulting in delayed market entry and frequent customer service issues. Instead of end-to-end service automation and orchestration, MNOs struggle to manage networks featuring products from multiple vendors—and often multiple product versions from the same vendor. This multiplicity doesn’t lend itself to simplicity, requiring network operations teams to individually configure services for each specific device and device version. As a result, MNOs experience significant delays when attempting to roll out new services, deploy new networks or onboard new customers.

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