By Diana Goovaerts

Affirmed Networks brings vEPC to public cloud

Affirmed Networks teamed up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deploy its virtualised evolved packet core on the public cloud, a move it said will allow operators to quickly and cheaply launch new cellular or IoT services.

Angela Whiteford, Affirmed Networks’ VP of product management and marketing, told Mobile World Daily its network-as-a-service product will offer 99.999 per cent reliability and be available in areas covered by AWS’ 55 global data centres. Operators will only pay for the number of subscribers they need to support, allowing them to start small and scale as their user base grows without the need to build their own data centre infrastructure.

“It’s all about lowering total cost of ownership and getting into markets faster,” Whiteford said.

The offering is designed to support both consumer cellular and IoT traffic. Target customers include MVNOs; enterprises looking to deploy IoT or private LTE networks; cable operators exploring quad play options; and major operators looking to test new domestic or international markets with limited investment.

Whiteford said Affirmed Networks sees particular opportunities to serve operators in Europe which recently lost roaming revenue and are looking to reduce costs, as well as companies planning to launch service on the shared 3.5GHz band in the US.