Affirmed Networks today introduced an end-to-end solution that enables mobile operators to profitably deliver IoT services. Expanding upon Affirmed Networks' IoT solution that is deployed at multiple tier one operators across the globe, Affirmed Networks is now delivering additional capabilities that include NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) and the Affirmed IoT Service Platform. Through a new partnership with Tech Mahindra, the IoT Service Platform integrates with critical enterprise systems and data, allowing mobile operators to create and deliver valuable IoT services. Built on an open architecture, the end-to-end solution empowers operators to deliver new, revenue-generating services today while providing the flexibility required to adapt to changing requirements as the IoT market evolves.
This latest introduction continues the tradition of innovation from the company that has helped drive the evolution of today's mobile networks. By adding a fully-virtualized NB-IoT solution, Affirmed Networks now enables mobile operators to support secure cellular connections to devices that are located in remote areas with limited coverage and power. The solution includes mobile core functions optimized for NB-IoT such as Cellular IoT Serving Gateway Node (C-SGN), Service Capability Exposure Function (SCEF) and the Service Capability Server (SCS), that allow mobile operators to deliver a wide spectrum of IoT services in accordance with the latest 3GPP standards.
Affirmed Networks' 5G-ready IoT Solution also supports advanced capabilities related to network slicing and Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS) architecture. Network slicing allows mobile operators to offer customized services by customer, industry or vertical segment over a single virtualized network. The CUPS architecture enables operators to separate the core network, allowing for centralized and distributed deployments.
An open, standards-compliant solution, the Affirmed Networks IoT Solution is interoperable with a wide array of third-party solutions, thus ensuring choice and flexibility for operators as the market evolves. The platform provides mobile operators with essential functionality in the areas of analytics, billing, security, application enablement and device management that are required for delivering profitable IoT services. Through a partnership with Tech Mahindra, the solution also contains enterprise domain expertise and capabilities for connecting devices to the critical information and applications residing within the enterprise.
"Virtualized networks provide operators with an efficient and cost effective way of delivering IoT connectivity," said Angela Whiteford, Affirmed Network's vice president of product management and marketing. "We are now adding service delivery capabilities and support for emerging access standards that are part of an end-to-end solution enabling mobile operators to manage all aspects of a profitable IoT service."
"Successful IoT strategies will need to encompass both network connectivity and service enablement capabilities," said Karthikeyan Natarajan, Global Head- Integrated Engineering Services, Tech Mahindra. "With virtualized network architectures now having emerged as the preferred connectivity solution for high-value IoT services, we have partnered with Affirmed Networks, a company who has successfully deployed virtual network solutions for some of the world's largest mobile operators. Our combined focus will leverage both the NFV network and service enablement capabilities to provide operators with a solution that enables them to deliver IoT services profitably."