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Boingo focused on neutrality, convergence as private cellular business grows

Digital Colony completed acquisition of Boingo Wireless in June Boingo Wireless CTO Derek Peterson has been articulating a message of technology convergence for the better part of a decade. In these (digital) pages, Peterson discussed convergence during CES in 2015 well before the 5G New...

Qualcomm Ventures invests in four new startups to boost 5G adoption

Qualcomm Ventures has announced new investments in four companies to help advance innovation and accelerate 5G adoption within the ecosystem. The investments were made through Qualcomm Ventures’ 5G Ecosystem Fund. The companies include Celona, an enterprise networking platform provider that brings 5G to enterprises; Cellwize Wireless...

As 5G and MEC converge, enterprise services will drive profit

Today in the United States, the three Tier 1 service providers are all offering “nationwide” 5G coverage. T-Mobile is using its 600 MHz and AT&T and Verizon are delivering with Dynamic Spectrum Sharing. And with the recent release of the iPhone 12 lineup, which...

Affirmed Networks selected by Netmore to deliver private enterprise network infrastructure

Affirmed will enable the delivery of private LTE enterprise networks for 4G, 5G and IoT services Affirmed Networks, acquired by Microsoft earlier this year, will partner with Netmore Group, an IoT systems and services provider headquartered in Sweden, to deliver Private LTE enterprise networks and...

The Sunday Brief: Implications of accelerated technology adoption and work/learn from home

Graduation greetings from Davidson/ Lake Norman, NC, where we virtually celebrated the college graduation of our son (Jimmy).  We are proud of his accomplishments and share his excitement as he begins his software development career at Cerner Corporation (Kansas City) later this summer.  Finally, a Patterson...

Microsoft acquiring Metaswitch in push to cloud-native 5G networks

Last month Microsoft acquired vEPC specialist Affirmed Networks Microsoft this week announced it has signed a definite agreement to acquire Metaswitch Networks, a cloud-native virtual network functions provider that works with fixed and mobile operators. This follows Microsoft's acquisition of virtualized Evolved Packet Core vendor...

Online is the new normal and connectivity is king (Reader Forum)

COVID-19 has fundamentally shifted the ways in which we live and do business, and it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future having accelerated a transition into a new way of life almost overnight.  For enterprises, this has been highly disruptive. The coronavirus...

Microsoft acquires Affirmed Networks, delves deeper into 5G

Microsoft said the acquisition will allow the company to evolve its telecommunications work As part of its efforts to “empower the telecommunications industry as it continues its move to 5G,” Microsoft has confirmed the acquisition of cloud-based 5G service vendor Affirmed Networks for an undisclosed...

Affirmed Networks launches 5G SA network core

Affirmed Networks is supporting several fledgling Standalone 5G trials with its new UnityCloud solution, which it described as bringing together 5G and webscale technology on a virtualized network platform that allows operators to converge their networks onto a single core. UnityCloud, the company said, is...

Affirmed Networks details support of Turkcell’s virtualized network deployment

Turkcell said it is delivering new services at least three months faster than it could with its legacy infrastructure Affirmed Networks is offering some insights into how it helped Turkish mobile network operator Turkcell with the rapid deployment of one of the largest commercial network...

5G opens the door to new players in telecom vendor space, report says

NFV, SDN and mobile edge computing, all major aspects of 5G, creates an opportunity for disruption of telecom vendor ecosystem The sheer complexity of 5G and attendant use cases--mobile AR/VR, autonomous driving, remote control of industrial robotics, etc..., presents an opportunity for infrastructure vendors to...

Why wait for 5G to benefit from network slicing?

5G systems are expected to be built in a way to enable logical network slices, which will allow telecom operators to provide networks on an as-a-service basis and meet the wide range of use cases that the 2020 timeframe is expected to demand. In...

How a virtualized EPC fits into 5G and the internet of things

Affirmed Networks discusses how virtualizing the evolved packet core will facilitate 5G network slicing for the internet of things. BARCELONA, Spain – In the race to "5G," operators are steadily implementing network functions virtualization and software-defined networking solutions to gradually gain software control...

Reader Forum: 5 keys to getting to 5G

5G is coming, but not everyone is ready. Here are 5 keys CSPs should have in place when preparing to migrate their networks Over the next five to 10 years, we’ll see a quantum leap in technology. Delivery trucks will be replaced by flying drones....

Affirmed SAP launch targets automated service provisioning

Affirmed Networks unveiled its SAP service, which it claims reduces time-to-market and operational costs of introducing new services Virtualized mobile networks vendor Affirmed Network launched its Service Automation Platform, which it claims allows mobile operators to reduce the time-to-market and operational costs of introducing new...

NFV moving to deployment phase, virtualization leaders say

Affirmed Networks, Procera, ACG Research, Vasona weigh-in on NFV Network functions virtualization has come a long way in the last year, according to experts, who have noted movement from discussion to actual deployments on live networks. ACG Research CEO Ray Mota joined Affirmed Networks CEO Hassan...

Microsoft bringing 3G and 4G LTE service to Windows 10 devices

French mobile virtual network enabler Transatel providing 3G/LTE SIM to Microsoft Tech powerhouse Microsoft, in partnership with Transatel, is bringing 3G and LTE connectivity to Windows 10 devices; customers will be able to purchase cellular data service in-browser with no carrier interaction. Transatel provides various support...

Spain’s Aire Networks taps Affirmed VEPC platform for NFV deployment

Spain mobile network provider to use Affirmed VEPC platform for NFV deployment plans Affirmed Networks scored a deal with Spain-based mobile network provider Aire Networks to provide its Virtual Evolved Packet Core platform as the foundation for Aire’s network virtualization plans. As part of the...

NFV TCO deployment analysis

On this week's NFV/SDN Reality Check show we look at NFV TCO deployment analysis and top news stories of the past week Mobile carriers continue their march towards virtualization platforms using network functions virtualization and software-defined networking technologies. However, cost considerations remain a hurdle as...

Telus launching IoT platform with Affirmed Networks

With an eye on scaling its "Internet of Things" service offerings, Canadian provider Telus partnered with Affirmed Networks to deploy a cloud-based platform optimized for IoT workloads. Specifically, Affirmed Networks will provide Telus with its Mobile Content Cloud solution, which works with 2G, 3G and...

Saudi Telecom deploys NFV-based M2M platform

Affirmed Networks supplied virtual evolved packet core In what the communications service provider billed as a strategic move, Saudi Telecom Co. deployed a virtual evolved packet core specific to machine-to-machine services. The vEPC was provided by Affirmed Networks and enables Saudi Telecom to provide real-time service...

Affirmed Networks snags LG U+ NFV, virtualized EPC deal

NFV deal said to enhance South Korean operators network agility, LTE-U plans South Korea telecom operator LG U+ is pushing forward with plans to deploy network function virtualization technology on its network, announcing a deal with Affirmed Networks to deploy an NFV-based virtual evolved packet...

#MWC15: NFV is hot topic, but how do MNOs capitalize?

NFV, SDN drive rapid innovation BARCELONA, Spain – The notion of network function virtualization has to some extent confounded mobile network operators dependent on complex – and expensive – legacy architectures. But as consumer demand facilitated by fiber and gigabit connections increases, network operators are pushed...

Reader Forum: Don’t wait and see on NFV for EPC

For years we have been hearing about how virtualization has revolutionized the enterprise data center, providing a wide range of benefits from both a business and technology standpoint. With the advent of network function virtualization, the movement has moved to the mobile network, allowing...

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