Ananki hopes to attract businesses to 5G as a service. According to the start-up, it is as easy to configure as WiFi and integrates open source platforms from the Open Networking Foundation.
Private 5G networks in slicing mode are eagerly awaited in companies. (Credit Ananki)
With its private 5G service defined by software based on open sour componentsThis, Ananki hopes to attract businesses to an architecture that she says is as easy to implement as WiFi. Called Ananki, the start-up does not ask companies much to deploy its service: in fact, customers only need to install 5G small cell radio antennas on their site, which will act as relays to connect them to a cloud network. running Ananki software. They will also have to install SIM cards on the equipment of the company that will use the service, in charge for the automation of Ananki to configure the antennas remotely and to provide the SIM cards. The service includes a management dashboard and APIs to customize the deployment. Finally, Ananki provides 24-hour support.
Ananki's offering is different from the private 5G offerings currently available in the market. All of them require either 5G skills internally, or they force companies to engageThey must either contract with service providers to gain access to 5G spectrum, or finally obtain licenses themselves, and negotiate connections to the core network. “I don't think Ananki wants 5G to be like WiFi, if only because no one wants a hammer to kill a fly,” said Bill Menezes, chief analyst at Gartner. "From my perspective, the startup's approach is to make sure that companies can adopt private 5G as transparently as possible." And Ananki's offer could strongly appeal to IIoT and Industry 4.0 users, explicitly targeted by the start-up, judging by the content of its early marketing materials. Compared to the latest WiFi standard, the advantage of private 5G is twofold. "First, because 5G spectrum is licensed, its users do not have to compete with others for bandwidth.te without a license, as is the case with WiFi. Then the small cells of 5G cover larger areas than WiFi, ”explained Menezes.
Open source forward
Ananki is an offshoot of the 'Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a nonprofit industry consortium that promotes wireless infrastructure technology based on open source software and supported by leading telecommunications and technology providers, including Google and Intel. Ananki 's service integrates several open source technologies from the ONF, in particular Aether, its 5G peripheral platform whose framework makes it possible to manage connectivity under license and without license. The service also leverages the NFB's open source SD-Core (Software-defined Core), SD-RAN (Software-defined Radio Access Network) and SD-Fabric (Software-defined Fabric) platforms to support these aspects. deployment. Subions to Ananki services are availables right now.