– USA, MA – Affirmed Networks, the leader in virtualized mobile networks, today announced that wireless technology leader, Steve Elfman, has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Before retiring from Sprint last year, Elfman held the position as president of Network Operations and Wholesale where he drove the company’s innovative approach to service and network operations and development. As part of the Affirmed Networks Board of Directors, Elfman will help the company enhance its leadership position providing Network Function Virtualization (NFV) solutions to leading mobile operators globally.

“Steve offers an unprecedented wealth of knowledge in the wireless arena,” said Hassan Ahmed, Chairman and CEO of Affirmed Networks. “With over 17 years in this industry, Steve brings an extensive background of infrastructure and mobile applications expertise to our board. His visionary approach to the wireless market will allow us to continue to expand upon our current leadership position.”

“Today, operators are facing daunting challenges from both an economic and technical perspective,” noted Elfman. “I truly believe that as a result of these challenges, the industry will begin a migration toward the types of disruptive virtualized solutions that Affirmed Networks is currently providing to mobile operators across the globe. I am excited to join such an accomplished team and expect to contribute to the success they will undoubtedly experience.”

Elfman joined the Sprint leadership team in 2008 and as president of Network Operations and Wholesale, he was responsible for Product, Technology Development, Network, Wholesale Operations, Value Added Services, Procurement and Real Estate, Information Technology and Digital. Prior to joining the Sprint executive team, Elfman held management positions at several industry-leading companies such as InfoSpace Mobile, Motricity, Terabeam, AT&T Wireless, GE Capital and 3M Company.

Elfman graduated from the University of Western Ontario in Canada with a degree in Computer Science. He currently serves on the board of Goodman Networks and Smith Micro and is an advisor to ItsOn and ImiMobile and previously served on the Competitor Carrier Association, Bethany College and Clearwire boards.

About Affirmed Networks, Inc.

Affirmed Networks has achieved significant attention as its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solution has become the standard for the world’s top mobile operators. Currently, the company has been deployed commercially, including in Tier 1 and Tier 2 mobile networks, and is engaged in many trials worldwide.

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