Affirmed Networks, the leader in the virtualization of mobile networks, announced today that Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has successfully deployed Affirmed Networks' virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) solution in its live network. The solution involves virtual geo-redundancy, and supports the delivery of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) services in the region.
The Virtual Evolved Packet Core deployment is currently in full operation in STC's network to support M2M services across the Kingdom. The new vEPC platform is initially geared towards supporting services in the area of M2M services. The delivery of M2M connectivity enables STC's customers to gain real-time information on their respective services and will help reduce costs and improve the productivity and safety of their various assets.
STC is the largest telecommunication services provider in the Middle East and North Africa, with a presence in nine countries across the region. Known as an innovator in the region, STC continues to invest in Next Generation Networking solutions, such as the new concept of "Network Function Virtualization (NFV)," aimed at reducing costs and improving the overall customer experience.
Eng. Abdullah Al Zmame, STC Network Sector VP said: "As the leading provider in our region, we are strategically committed to deploying innovative solutions and services to meet the demands and needs of our valued customers. This new M2M service offering on a virtualized platform, has demonstrated STC's commitment and continued leadership in driving technology trends and innovation."
Mohammed Shanableh, Vice President of Global Operations of Affirmed Networks commented: "STC is a truly leading innovator who has proven the benefits of embracing new technologies, in terms of reducing costs and opening new revenue streams. Through every stage of this deployment process (from lab trial to live deployment carrying customers' traffic), STC has consistently put its customers first, a fact that strengthens their pioneering position in the region."
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