Affirmed Networks Intros Virtualized Wi-Fi & Evolved Packet Data Gateway Solution

Affirmed Networks Intros Virtualized Wi-Fi & Evolved Packet Data Gateway Solution Image Credit: Affirmed Networks

Affirmed Networks introduces virtualized Evolved Packet Data Gateway (ePDG) and Wi-Fi Access Gateway (TWAG) functionality that enable fixed and mobile operators to offer virtualized Wi-Fi access as part of their overall network offering. 

According to Affirmed Networs, the combination of Wi-Fi with cellular services on a single platform allows operators unify Radio Access Network (RAN) access for mobile services, and allows fixed and mobile operators to expand their network coverage, add new services, such as Wi-Fi calling, and improve the overall consumer experience. 

With this introduction, Affirmed Networks aims to deliver a carrier-grade virtualized Wi-Fi solution that delivers the scalability and encryption required for operators to increase the number of IPSEC-encrypted sessions on demand without the need of specialized hardware. The vendor claims that to date, telecom solutions requiring IPSEC are tied to dedicated hardware to support the high capacity encryption needs of Wi-Fi deployments. 

The company said that its fully virtualized Wi-Fi gateway takes advantages of hardware and software advances from Intel, including Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) and Intel® Multi-Buffer Crypto for IPsec Library. These advances enable the delivery of a high-performance, fully-virtualized IPsec-enabled ePDG on standard high-volume servers.

Angela Whiteford, Affirmed Networks' Vice President of Marketing and Product Management
Mobile operators are investing heavily to gain new customers and to remain profitable and must keep churn to a minimum.  By providing operators with virtualized Wi-Fi capabilities, not only can they begin to offer revenue-driving services, they also significantly improve network coverage, and the overall customer experience as a result.  Wi-Fi also provides a valuable 'offload' option that operators are utilizing to improve overall network utilization.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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