Vodafone uses Affirmed Networks for Connected Car services
Issue Date: 2016-03-09

Affirmed Networks has been deployed by Vodafone to deliver Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications and Connected Car services over the operator's global network infrastructure. Affirmed Networks' virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC) solutions are currently supporting live traffic related to these services in several of Vodafone's most strategic markets including Brazil, Germany, Spain and the US.

M2M connections are anticipated to increase to 40 billion by 2020, which represents both a challenge and an opportunity for mobile network operators. The challenge lies in addressing the influx of traffic generated by M2M interactions, such as Connected Car services. In addition to increasing the amount of traffic, these types of services require the uninterrupted real-time connectivity necessary for delivering vehicle-specific and location-based services. Operators now have the opportunity to capitalize on the large and profitable market for M2M and Connected Car services.

Vodafone chose to build their M2M network architecture based on Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), an approach that addresses the challenge and the opportunity of this emerging market. This greatly reduces cost, but also provides a high degree of agility and speed when provisioning new revenue generating services, which will help Vodafone vastly reduce its time to market. Vodafone's deployment of Affirmed Networks' NFV solutions for EPC across multiple markets provides unprecedented scalability and allows NFV applications to adjust to traffic requirements without the need for extensive manual intervention and costly new hardware installations.