Millicom works with Affirmed for 5G in Latin America

Millicom works with Affirmed for 5G in Latin America

Millicom, under its Tigo brand, has selected Affirmed Networks, which supports mobile network 5G transformation, as a strategic partner for the deployment of its cloud-based, 5G-ready core network in Latin America.

Millicom will deploy Affirmed’s virtual evolved packet core (vEPC) solution on VMware’s vCloud NFV platform, to serve as the foundation for a rollout of new mobile and Wi-Fi services.

Millicom’s strategic goal is to build and grow digital highways across Latin America and to provide next-generation digital services to its Tigo customers in the region. Working in partnership with Affirmed, Millicom will build a cloud-based, 5G-ready core network platform based on Affirmed’s distributed architecture.

In addition it aims to improve service agility and reduce operational costs across geographically distributed networks with the introduction of software-based virtualized network functions. It will also offer local breakout services to customers in Latin America that will include differentiated offers and new connectivity services aided by real-time network analytics.

Millicom will also deploy Affirmed’s virtualized Wi-Fi gateway to provide seamless handoffs between Millicom’s macrocellular networks and Wi-Fi environments.

Through its strategic partnership with Affirmed and VMware, Millicom has plans for its telco cloud infrastructure that include a software-defined, automated, NFV-based mobile core, and a converged, unified cloud architecture. VMware’s vCloud platform will allow Millicom to modernize its current network infrastructure to become 5G-ready and accelerate time-to-market for new services.

Through this partnership Millicom aims to have the ability to customize services across brands, simplify its operational model, and develop and launch new services quickly using a distributed, mobile core platform based on control and user plane separation.

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