Turkcell, Affirmed Networks Deploy the Largest Virtualized Mobile Network in the EMEA Region

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Affirmed Networks announced with Turkcell that they have jointly deployed one of the largest virtualized mobile networks in the EMEA region.

The network currently supports more than 35 million mobile broadband subscribers and carries over a terabit per second (Tbps) of customer traffic across the region.

In February 2018, Affirmed Networks announced they had been selected by Turkcell as a partner providing virtualized network infrastructure for the operator’s network transformation initiative designed to streamline costs and drive revenue growth. A key goal of Turkcell’s network transformation initiative was to embrace a next-generation mobile architecture and to quickly begin experiencing the cost savings and service agility that accompany the deployment of a virtualized network.

Supporting this strategic initiative, Affirmed Networks provided the operator’s virtualized GiLAN solution as well as Turkcell’s complete “Unified Telco Cloud” platform over the past year. Turkcell’s centralized cloud utilizes Red Hat OpenStack Platform, the carrier-grade distribution of the open source, massively-scalable infrastructure framework for building hybrid clouds, and supported by Red Hat Ceph Storage. Additionally, Affirmed Networks also provides Turkcell’s Data Optimization solution, which represents one of their largest NFV deployments. Today, the Turkcell network provides a wide variety of services including data optimization, CGN, DPI and control plane services that include VoLTE, PCRF and AAA.

Gediz Sezgin, CTO, Turkcell
We initially selected Affirmed Networks based on their innovation in the area of network transformation and virtualization and their work with some of the world’s largest operators.

Hassan Ahmed, Chairman and CEO, Affirmed Networks
Turkcell began with a powerful vision and clear objectives for the virtualization of their mobile network. We combined our accomplished teams with key learnings and best practices from deployments we have completed with other top operators globally to implement this network quickly.

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