Coriant partners with Affirmed Networks to expand its 5G offerings

26 February 2018 | Natalie Bannerman


Coriant has teamed up with Affirmed Networks to expand the former’s 5G customer offerings.

Leveraging its existing Multi-Sided Platform Partner Program, Coriant will showcase an integrated, software-defined, 5G offering in collaboration with Affirmed Networks at Mobile World Congress 2018.

“As 5G continues to drive convergence of radio and fiber at the edge, this partnership provides a highly differentiated offering that leverages Coriant’s deep expertise in IP and optics and Affirmed’s leadership in virtualized 5G mobile core solutions. The combination will help network operators create a cost-optimized, COTS-based, real-time, and software-defined infrastructure that will dramatically accelerate innovation in 5G services,” said Hossein Moiin, strategic executive advisor at Coriant.

The two parties say it shares a “common vision for open, disaggregated, and virtualized networks”, and the partnership brings mobile expertise and innovation to its multi-sided platform ecosystem, including the industry’s first cloud native 5G mobile core solution that offers capabilities such as network slicing, integrated virtual probes, end-to-end service automation, and a reported10X performance gain.

“Mobile operators deploying 5G solutions will gain unprecedented performance and accelerate their ability to efficiently deliver customized services,” added Hassan Ahmed, chairman and CEO of Affirmed Networks. “We are focused on creating a seamless 5G adoption experience for our customers with end-to-end solutions delivered through partnerships with leaders like Coriant.”

“The combination of best-in-class ecosystem partnerships and life cycle management capabilities is critical to accelerating end-user service innovation as mobile networks evolve to 5G,” said Shaygan Kheradpir, chief executive officer and chairman of the board at Coriant. “We see tremendous opportunity in our partnership with Affirmed, whose 5G mobile core offerings are a perfect complement to our Hyperscale Carrier Architecture and expanded portfolio of software-defined, virtual transport and routing solutions.”

Earlier this month Coriant and New H3C Group (HP Enterprise & Unigroup), a leader of ICT services in China, has entered into an agreement together to drive digital transformation in China. Under the terms of the agreement the two will collaborate on technology designed to advance communications infrastructure to support a new generation of services and applications for hyperscale data centres, 5G, high-speed cloud and industrial internet and IoT.